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I strongly condemn of chemical warfare in Syria

Posted by Mohd. Abdul Saeed Khan(Saeed KhanFalahi), Global Peace & Human Rights Campaigner on September 2, 2013 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Using chemical weapons is not acceptable under any circumstances. This type of attack must be treated as a heinous crime against

 

humanity. No one with the sense of humanity could accept such brutality inflicted on people anywhere on earth. Chemical weapons are a threat to

 

human civilization. The international legal norm against the use of chemical weapons anywhere and by anyone must not be breached. I strongly

 

condemn such attacks on the innocent Syrian people. All conscious people irrespective of their faith, colour, creed and nationalities should stand

 

united against chemical weapons. I strongly support the complete destruction and elimination of chemical weapons. The government sponsored

 

brutality must go to an end in Syria now.

 

Saeed Khan Falahi,

 

Global Peace & Human Rights Activist,

 

ShahjaHANPUR, Uttar-Pradesh, India.

An email to the members of the Board of Executive Clemency, Florida

Posted by Mohd. Abdul Saeed Khan(Saeed KhanFalahi), Global Peace & Human Rights Campaigner on May 30, 2013 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear members of the Board of Executive Clemency,

 

I have learned that Mr. William Van Poyck, a well known and gifted

author on Florida death row, is scheduled to be executed in Florida on

June 12th, 2013.

The Palm Beach Post reports that Florida high court refused to grant a

stay of execution although his attorneys have asked that other

attorneys be appointed to handle the high-pressure, high-stakes

appeals. Jacksonville attorney Gerald Bettman and Milwaukee civil

attorney Jeffrey Davis said they have never handled a death warrant

appeal.

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/news/crime-law/florida-high-court-refuses-to-grant-stay-of-execut/nXxms/

 

I am urging the Board of Executive Clemency to stop the execution of

Mr. William Van Poyck to allow the attorneys of Mr. Van Poyck to

prepare the vigorous defence Mr. Van Poyck deserves.

 

I grieve with the family and friends of the victim, and mourn his tragic death.

I also endorse the petition to the Governor of Florida to stop the

execution of Mr. William Van Poyck

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/628/191/633/save-billys-life/?cid=FB_TAF

I am urging you and the Governor of Florida to suspend ALL executions

to conduct a thorough and public investigation into Florida's

fatally-flawed government program for the Death Penalty that has

wrongfully convicted and sent AT LEAST 24 innocent people to Death

Row, far more than any other state.

 

Thank you very much.

 

Sincerely,

Saeed Khan Falahi, India

Global Peace & Human Rights Activist

INDIA: A human rights defender and a musician arrested on fabricated charges for protesting against custodial torture and released on bail

Posted by Mohd. Abdul Saeed Khan(Saeed KhanFalahi), Global Peace & Human Rights Campaigner on May 28, 2013 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Chief Minister of Manipur,

 

INDIA: A human rights defender and a musician arrested on fabricated charges for protesting against custodial torture and released on bail

 

Name of the victims:

1. Mr. Mandir Laishram, aged 40 years, son of late, Mr. L. Meijao, and

2 Mr. Ningthoujam Hemo, aged 50 years, son of late, Mr. Thambalngou, both residents of Heirok village, under the jurisdiction of Thoubal Police Station, Thoubal District, Manipur. Mr. Mandir is the secretary of Social Action Development Organization (SADO)

Alleged perpetrators:

Police officers from Thoubal Police Station, Manipur

Date of incident: 12 May 2013

Place of incident: Thoubal district, Manipur, India

 

I am writing to inform you about the case of Mr. Mandir Laishram and Mr. L. Meijao, who are allegedly arrested by the Thoubal police on fabricated charges. The facts of the case that is brought to my notice are the following:

 

The Thoubal police arrested Mr. Mandir Laishram, aged 40 years, son of late, Mr. L. Meijao, and Mr. Ningthoujam Hemo, aged 50 years, son of late, Mr. Thambalngou on 12 May 2013. On that day, Dr. A. K. Jhaljit, the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Thoubal district had asked Mandir and Hemo to meet him at his office. Mandir and Hemo went to the SP's office in the morning and waited till 5pm for the officer to report. When the officer failed to come, both left the SP's office back, informing the police officers that, they could return on another day should the officer still wish to meet them.

 

However, on their way back, they received a telephone call from Sub Inspector of Police (SI), Mr. Ibomcha, asking whether they had reached home, for which they replied that they had not. Soon, the police stopped them on the road near the Wangjing police outpost. There the police arrested Mandir and Hemo. The police did not inform Mandir or Hemo, why they were being arrested and where they are taken. The police took them to Thoubal Police Station and later produced them in court. The magistrate remanded Mandir and Hemo to police custody for five days, despite their plea for release and utter shock of what has happened. The police again produced Mandir and Hemo in court, on 17 May, upon which they were released on bail by the court.

 

The police have registered a case numbered Crime 84(5)13 TB-PS under Sections 148/149/427/447/353 Indian Penal Code, 1860 (IPC) coupled with Section 343 of the IPC, Section 3 Prevention of Damage of Public Property Act. However, the copy of the FIR and arrest memo is yet to be issued to the accused.

 

The arrest of Mandir and Hemo is suspected to be an act of vengeance by the police. Mandir is the secretary of a local community action named "Social Action Development Organization" (SADO). The SADO works for the promotion of human rights, co-existence and environmental sustainability in Manipur. Hemo is the Vice-President of the Eastern Musical Association (EMA), a local band. Both are residents of Heirok village, under the jurisdiction of Thoubal Police Station, Thoubal district, in Manipur.

 

On the intervening night of 10 and 11 April 2013, the members of the EMA were returning home in an auto-rickshaw after performing the Thabal Chongba, a community dance, usually held at night. The team consisted of Mr. Moirangthem Deepak (27), Mr. N Sanatombi (36), Mr. L Nongdamba (27), Mr. L Angangchaoba, (45), Mr. N Robin (30), Mr. H. Dev (29), and Mr. Thongjao H Keshorjit (38) and the auto driver Mr. Indrakumar.

 

When they reached a place adjoining Heirok and Wangjing village, they were signaled to stop using a flashlight by some police personnel in plain clothes led by the Sub-Inspector (SI) Premjit of Heirok police outpost. Since the officers were not in uniform, the team did not know that they were the police, so that did not stop. As the vehicle passed by the officers, some passengers recognized that the persons who were waving the flashlight were police officers. So they stopped the vehicle.

 

At this, SI Premjit who was in police uniform approached them and asked why they did not stop and started to abuse and assault the driver, Indrakumar. The officer pushed the driver into the nearby drain, even before the driver or the passengers could explain what had happened. Then the officer asked all the passengers to get off from the vehicle, which they complied. The officer then ordered all of them to stand in a straight line. Then the officer along with his subordinates started beating them and assaulted all of them with their rifle butts, injuring them. Deepak, one of the victims, was taken to the nearby Community Health Centre (CHC) for treating his wounds. Then the SI let them go, warning them that if they dared to report the incident, they will be taken to the police station and tortured again.

 

When the people in Heirok village came to know about the incident, the next day a public meeting was held and a Joint Action Committee (JAC) was formed to ensure necessary legal action is taken against the police officers. The JAC appointed Mandir as the Secretary of the JAC. A representation demanding suspension of the police personnel including registration of a case against the officers involved in the incident was sent to the Chief Minister of Manipur. The JAC also set a dateline to take necessary action. The government however did not take any action upon the complaint.

 

On 11 April 2013, the people of Heirok village marched towards the Heirok police outpost and staged a protest. With no action coming from the authority, on 8 May, the villagers burnt the effigies of the Manipur Home Minister, of the local Member of the Legislative Assembly, who is also Manipur Minister for Education and of and the SP of Thoubal during a protest meet organized by the JAC.

 

Additionally, Mandir has been active in defending the basic human rights of the community. In the past, he was involved in a campaign against the fake surrender. It is to be mentioned that the police had misguided individuals from different part of the state and made them to pretend as members of insurgent groups and stage surrender dramas. Particularly youths were promised jobs in security forces by the police and local politicians. The state police as well as the politicians organize this, so that they could claim reward money from the government. The central government has earmarked a substantial amount for Manipur to be used to for countering terrorism and anti-state activities in the state. The catch is that the use of this money is not monitored or is not subjected to any accountability process. Police officers also get promotion and rewards depending on the number of "surrendered" militants. Due to this, officers often organize "arranged surrender" of militants, for which they often depend on unemployed youth in the villages. Upon surrender, the officers collect their money and or promotion, which they share with local politicians who arrange for the youth. Sometimes a part of this money is also paid to the persons who agree to pretend that they are militants surrendering after being counseled by the police officers.

 

Desperate for a job and money, due to unemployment, the youth often fall prey to this process, without knowing that by pretending to be a militant, they are in fact risking their life, that their name will be entered in different government records. Cases where the youth who had once surrendered subjected to imprisonment on fabricated charges that too of serious nature under the National Security Act, are also not rare. Some on the other hand do obtain jobs as members of the Village Defense Force. These persons are armed and are named Special Police Officers (SPO). These armed youths later easily fall prey to the real militants, since once they become an SPO, they are left unprotected in the villages and are also vulnerable to be labeled as traitors by the real militants.

 

The Supreme Court of India has ordered this whole process of arming villagers and recruiting them as SPOs and the formation of the village defense force to be stopped. The SPOs are not real police officers and the government takes no responsibility for their actions. In rural villages of India, such formations of armed villagers in fact pose threat to peace, at the same level as that posed by the militants. Mandir has been an active campaigner against this process of arming the village youth. In December 2012, due to prompt intervention by Mandir, seven youths from Heirok village were saved from such fake surrendering organized by the local MLA as well as the local police.

 

Mandir started this campaign, when in 24 March 2008, some militants opened fire at the villagers when the villagers were attending a Thabal Chongba dance at night. Many villagers were injured in this incident and a girl lost her eyesight. Shocked, some youths in the village demanded the government to provide arms to protect themselves from such future attacks. The government responded with immediate interest, having prompted by the local police. Some youth from the village were armed by the state police and were immediately appointed as SPOs in the village and started receiving a small amount as allowance.

 

Mandir was also actively involved in the campaign against the arming of villagers of Heirok in 2008. In March 24, 2008, some insurgent indiscriminately open fired at a Thabal Chongba dance, in which some villagers were fatally injured and a girl lost her eyesight. Villagers particularly the youth asked the government to provide arms to protect themselves from the insurgents. In response, the State Government recruited youths of the Heirok villagers as Special Police Officers (SPO). They had been given arms and also paid a few hundred rupees as allowance for their service. SPOs were latter rename as Village Defense Force (VDF). The State Government opened a Police outpost at Heirok and posted those villagers who were recruited as the VDF.

 

Latter, the Director General of Police (DGP) notified the recruitment of 1,550 VDF personnel who would be posted in different parts of the state. As of now there are more than ten thousand youths who are serving as the VDF in Manipur. Reports accusing the personnel of VDF to be involved in extortion and other crimes are the major concern of the citizens.

 

I therefore request you to ensure the following:

1. That a thorough and independent investigation is undertaken in the case;

2. The background under which Mandir and Hemo were arrested is investigated, including the incident of torture of the musicians;

3. That a judicial magistrate records the statements of the victims of torture and an investigation ordered into the case;

 

Yours sincerely,

Saeed Khan Falahi

India

INDIA: Stop the witch-hunting of human rights defenders

Posted by Mohd. Abdul Saeed Khan(Saeed KhanFalahi), Global Peace & Human Rights Campaigner on May 28, 2013 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Chairperson for National Human Rights Commission,

 

INDIA: Stop the witch-hunting of human rights defenders

 

Name of the victims: (1) Gurla; (2) Bachiya; (1 and 2 are on bail from the Sessions' Court); (3) Kamal; (4) Iddiya and (5) Ms. Madhuri Krishnaswami

Place of Incident: Barwani

Date of Incident: 16 May, 2013

 

I am writing to you to express my concern regarding the arrest of Ms. Madhuri Krishnaswamy, a Gandhian activist and a human rights defender in Barwani. Madhuri was arrested on 16 May, 2013 in a case that was filed against her and others because of protests for forcing a pregnant woman, Ms. Baniya Bai, who was in an advanced stage of labour to deliver on the public road, after being forced out from the Public Health Centre, where Baniya was initially admitted and thrown out since Baniya could not pay the bribe the compounder and the nurse demanded.

 

The facts of the case provided to me are as follows:

Madhuri attended the court on 16 May 2013, (Judicial First Class Magistrate Court, Badwani) presided over by Mr. D.P. Singh Sewach, upon receipt of summons from the court. The summons relates to FIR 93/2008 of Sialwad Police Station in Badwani District, Madhya Pradesh. The Magistrate suggested Madhuri to seek bail, which Madhuri refused to apply, since Madhuri is convinced that the case against her is fabricated and has no merits. The state police also has filed a closure report in the court, which the court refused to accept on a technical ground, and sent Madhuri in judicial remand until 30 May 2013. The following details of the case, including its background, illuminates how a judicial officer, having no regard to the rights of individuals or self-respect could derail the entire justice process.

 

FIR No 93 of 2008 of Sialwad Police Station in Badwani District, registered for offenses punishable under Sections 147, 148, 332, 353 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 relates to the following incident:

 

Ms. Baniya Bai is a member of the Scheduled Tribe. Baniya is a resident of Sukhpuri village, in Badwani district. Baniya's father-in-law took her to the Menimata Public Health Centre (PHC) for delivery on 11 November 2008. Baniya at the time was in an advanced stage of labour. They made the 15 km journey from their village to the PHC in a bullock cart because no other transport was available. After admitting Baniya the compounder at the PHC, Mr. V.K. Chauhan, and nurse, Ms. Nirmala, left the PHC and went home.

 

On the next day morning, the compounder and the nurse forced Baniya to leave the hospital. This is because Baniya and her father-in-law could not pay the bribe (Rs. 100) demanded by the compounder and the nurse. By the time Baniya's father-in-law managed to get the money, the nurse and the compounder had discharged Baniya by force from the hospital. Despite attempts to re-admit Baniya to the PHC, the compounder flatly refused saying that Baniya would have to go to Badwani District Hospital or Silawad Hospital, since she has already been discharged from the hospital. When Baniya's relatives requested the compounder and the nurse at the PHC to arrange for Baniya's safe travel to another hospital, the family was asked to make their own arrangements. Forced out from the PHC, Baniya literally had to crawl out of the labour room at the PHC, and she lay down on the public road in front of the PHC, since it was impossible for her to move.

 

Meanwhile Baniya’s mother-in-law, Suvali Bai, went looking for a Dai (women in rural India who help women in labour) in the nearby marketplace and found Ms. Jambai Nana, who had come to the market. Hearing Baniya's situation, Jambai agreed to assist her, and at around 12pm, helped Baniya deliver on the public road outside the PHC. The father-in-law kept his dhoti (loincloth) to provide cover for Baniya during delivery. Following this incident, a crowd gathered outside the PHC.

 

Madhuri was passing by the PHC at the time and inquired what was happening and came to know about the horrendous act, committed by the compounder as well as the nurse at the PHC. Agitated, Madhuri contacted the Silawad Child Health Centre, the Silawad Police Station as well as health officials from Badwani. Being informed about the incident, senior officials from the health department ordered a vehicle to be sent immediately to the Menimata PHC. After being denied emergency obstetric care and being forced to deliver in public view, Baniya and her child were taken to the Silawad Hospital for admission. The compounder was suspended after repeated demands for action from JADS, but was soon reinstated.

 

Aggrieved about this horrendous act, for which the compounder and the nurse was responsible, and compounded by the fact that this was not the first incident where the PHC has denied assistance to poor villages, most importantly from the Scheduled Caste and the Scheduled Tribe communities, the JADS organized a protest in front of the PHC on the day on which Baniya was forced to deliver her baby on the road. Though the protest resulted in the compounder being suspended from service, the police at their ease, registered a case against (1) Gurla; (2) Bachiya; (1 and 2 are on bail from the Sessions' Court); (3) Kamal; (4) Iddiya (Baniya's husband) and (5) Madhuri.

 

The JADS took up this matter before the state government as well as the state police department. Finally, after inquiry, the state police decided that the complaint against all the five accused are false, and hence dropped the investigation and filed a closure report at the Judicial Magistrate Court, Badwani, now presided over by Mr. D.P. Singh Sewach. It is in this case, the compounder has filed an objection against the closure of the case by the police, against which the court has issued a summons to Madhuri to appear before the court. It is in this proceeding that the court has sent Madhuri to judicial remand, refusing to accept the closure report filed by the police in the case.

 

I, therefore, urge you to:

 

1. Immediately take actions so that the case against Madhuri and four others, in FIR 93/2008 is quashed;

2. Investigate and prosecute the heal officers responsible for throwing a pregnant Adivasi woman out of hospital and forcing her to deliver in a public road;

3. Ensure the safety of life and person of Ms. Madhuri Krishnaswamy and others who have been accused in FIR 93/2008.

 

Yours sincerely,

Saeed Khan Falahi

India

A letter to the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea

Posted by Mohd. Abdul Saeed Khan(Saeed KhanFalahi), Global Peace & Human Rights Campaigner on May 28, 2013 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Prime Minister,

 

I am writing to you as supporter of Amnesty International, the non

governmental organization which since 1961 has been working in defense

of human rights, wherever they are violated.

I ask you, Attorney General and head of the opposition to instruct

Members of the Parliament to reject any move to enable the carrying

out of executions and the expansion of the number of offences for

which the death penalty may be applied in Papua New Guinea.

I state that there is no convincing evidence that the death penalty

deters crime, asking the authorities to establish a moratorium on

executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty, in line with

recent UN General Assembly resolutions, and to commute all death

sentences to terms of imprisonment; and I welcome legislative changes

aimed at addressing violence against women and sorcery-related

violence in the country, but I urge you that any measures introduced

are compatible with international human rights standards and do not

include recourse to the death penalty.

Thank you for your attention.

With best regards,

Saeed Khan Falahi, India

Global Peace & Human Rights Activist

Your help is needed! People's Choice Award for Saeed Khan Falahi

Posted by Cordula Giewald on March 22, 2013 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (1)

Please vote for the Peace and Human Rights Activist Saeed Khan Falahi from India to win the People's Choice Award 2013!

For the last 20 years he has been supporting and advocating for poor families, fighting against corruption, discrimination and the death penalty and he is working on social issues and on human rights, especially for women and child rights and for a fair treatment of minorities allover the world. He works selflessly and transparently. He really deserves to be honored by an award after so long time.

Please support him and invite your friends to this cause!

Link to the voting site http://humanrightsaward.org/2013-peoples-choice/contest/#!/entry/1771927

Thank you very much in advance!!!

Cordula

Advocacy for a robust Arms Trade Treaty - An email to Salman Khursheed, Minister of foreign affairs, Government of India

Posted by Mohd. Abdul Saeed Khan(Saeed KhanFalahi), Global Peace & Human Rights Campaigner on March 18, 2013 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (2)

March 18, 2013

 

Mr. Salman Khursheed

Hon. Minister

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Government of India,

New Delhi.

 

 

Dear Minister,

We are writing to you as part of the global Control Arms coalition seeking your support at the second UN Diplomatic Conference (DipCon2) from 18-28 March 2013 for the negotiation of a robust Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

 

As you know, a treaty was not adopted at the end of the first Diplomatic Conference (DipCon1) in New York in July 2012, meaning that further negotiation is necessary for a robust ATT to be adopted.

 

The draft Treaty text (CRP.1) presented to the DipCon1 on 26 July 2012, while a solid basis for further negotiation contained a number of weaknesses that will need to be addressed if the ATT is to fulfil its humanitarian and human rights promise.

It is critical that States agree a good Treaty, and not just any Treaty. We are therefore asking you to negotiate from this position in March, and to push for positive changes to CRP.1, including:

 

 Strengthening the criteria that set out whether or not an arms transfer is permissible, particularly the rules about human rights, international humanitarian law and development;

 Ensuring that transfers are denied if there are substantial risks of perpetration of armed violence including gender-based violence;

 Widening the scope of the Treaty in terms of the types of transactions to be covered, for example by ensuring that gifts and aid as well as sales are included, and the range of equipment controlled, particularly the full control of ammunition under the Treaty; and

 Ensuring public reporting of transfers and of treaty implementation measures.

 

We very much hope that the India will participate actively in favour of a robust ATT at DipCon2.

 

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

 

Mohd. Abdul Saeed Khan @ Saeed Khan Falahi,

Global Peace & Human Rights Activist,

campaigner for a strong, gender-responsive Arms Trade Treaty,

Member, Control Arms Coalition,

47, Mohalla Mehmand-Jangla,

Shahjahanpur, Uttar-Pradesh, India-242001

 

"World Interfaith Harmony & Global Peace Day" at Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India on February 7, 2013 Review

Posted by Cordula Giewald on February 14, 2013 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

"World Interfaith Harmony & Global Peace Day"

at Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India

on February 7, 2013

 

Review

 

I am pleased to share my experience and views on the "World Interfaith Harmony & Global Peace Day" held at Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India on February 7, 2013 with you.

 

I had the honor and pleasure to be invited as chief guest by the organizer and human rights defender Saeed Khan Falahi whom I came to know through our mutual work for peace and human rights. The event was a big success in every sense. Approximately 200 people of many different faiths such as Hindus, Moslems, Christians, Sikhs and Buddhists participated and enjoyed the speeches and music contributions. I was also invited to hold a speech and I used the chance to make people aware about the need to not to evaluate anybody by his religion but to see him first of all as a human being with the same rights as I claim for myself. Also I shared my opinion that peace starts at home, so all family members should have the right to speak out their opinion without any fear. When our children grow up with this good example of their parents, then the coming generations will go ahead to spread the word of peace, tolerance and harmony.

 

After the official part, a free lunch was provided by Saeed Khan Falahi to all participants and people passing occasionally.

 

As one important success of the event, in the following days, Saeed Khan and I were invited to hold speeches at a private Christian college and at an informal meeting with nearly 40 poor people of the city. We also used the chance to speak about children and women rights and I learned about the problems of religious minorities in India.

Another important success is that we were interviewed by several local and national TV channels and by one of the most popular Indian newspaper “Hindi News”. They informed about the event in the news on the next day.

Also I want to mention that every day interested people com to visit us to have fruitful talks with us on peace and religion matters.

 

My conclusion is that Saeed Khan Falahi is doing a great work here in India, regardless the own problems and harassment which he faces due to his activism. He is widely renowned in his area and people honor his kindness and rely very much on his support. I am amazed by his engagement for poor and powerless people, for human rights, against the death penalty and for world peace and I am more than ever determined to support him in this fight.

 

Please consider recognizing his work, this would be a big honor and motivation for him and to a certain point it would provide a kind of safety to him.

 

With best wishes,

Cordula Giewald, Germany

Shahjahanpur, February 14, 2013

 


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