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    KMSS Welcomes UN Experts’ Call on India to Release Anti-CAA Activists

    The UN experts said, “Authorities should immediately release all human rights defenders who are currently being held in pre-trial detention without sufficient evidence."

    Guwahati: The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) on Saturday welcomed the UN experts’ recent call on the government of India to release the anti-CAA activists including KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi and Devangana Kalita.

    Reportedly, the thirteen United Nations independent experts recently called on the government of India to immediately release human rights activists – Akhil Gogoi, Devangana Kalita, Meeran Haider, Gulfisha Fatima, Safoora Zargar, Asif Iqbal Tanha, Natasha Narwal, Khalid Saifi, Shifa Ur Rehman, Kafeel Khan and Sharjeel Imam, who were arrested for protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

    The statement, jointly issued by the UN experts said, “Authorities should immediately release all human rights defenders who are currently being held in pre-trial detention without sufficient evidence, often simply on the basis of speeches they made criticising the discriminatory nature of the CAA.”

    Welcoming the efforts of the UN experts, KMSS joint general secretary Mukut Deka said, “All the countries, believing in democratic values, from across the globe should stand up together and oppose the oppressive rule of the communal RSS-backed BJP government.”

    Deka stressed that both the Centre as well as the state government of Assam has been attempting to mute the voices of the progressive thinkers of the country to persist their oppressive regime.

    “Those who oppose the misgovernance of the BJP are tagged as Maoists, anti-national and terrorists. Apparently, they are booked under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. By resorting to such oppressive governance, the BJP is simply narrowing down the space reserved by the constitution for democratic protests and resistance,” the KMSS leader said.


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