Call for Solidarity with JNU – University of Cambridge

Call for Solidarity with JNU – University of Cambridge

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Alison Richard Building

Wednesday, February 17 at 4 PM in UTC

 

Cambridge South Asia Watch condemns the unconstitutional detention and arrest of JNU President Kanhaiya Kumar and the witch hunting and harassment of other JNU students.

On February 9th 2016 Delhi police wrongfully detained the President of the democratically elected student union of the Jawaharlal Nehru university on charges of sedition. The campus was then occupied by police forces, and arbitrary checks were made in student hostels with no concrete evidence against any of the University students. We condemn this unjustified and excessive police action and attack on the autonomy of the University.

We believe that the sedition law is an out-dated and archaic imposition, and dissent, disagreements and debate are the very foundations of a democratic republic. An expression of dissent cannot be equated with being ‘anti-national’ and it is important for the state to safeguard political rights in the country. We at the University of Cambridge, UK, stand with the JNU students and the University in solidarity.

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