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Mainstream, Vol XLVI No 11

Appeal for the Release of Binayak Sen

Saturday 1 March 2008, by The Indian Association for Women’s Studies (IAWS)

The Indian Association for Women’s Studies (IAWS), at its general body meeting held on February 9, 2008 during its Silver Jubilee Conference at Lucknow, unanimously passed the following resolution in the context of the ongoing detention of the medical doctor and human rights activist, Binayak Sen:

“The IAWS appeals for the release of Binayak Sen who has been held in judicial custody under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 and the Chhattisgarh Vishesh Jan Suraksha Adhiniyam 2005 (Chhattisgarh Public Security Act). The IAWS further demands the repeal of the unconstitutional Chhattisgarh Public Security Act that violates the fundamental rights of Indian citizens.”

The Silver Jubilee Conference (the XII National Conference on Women’s Studies on “Feminism, Education and the Transformation of Knowledges: Processes and Institutions” co-hosted at the University of Lucknow, February 7-10, 2008) was attended by over 500 outstation and 300 local participants.

The Indian Association for Women’s Studies, established in 1982, is a professional association that aims to further the perspectives of women’s studies within and beyond educational institutions. It endeavours to strengthen the movement for women’s equality through networking, conferences, workshops and research and through collaboration with institutions and groups working for similar objectives. Our concern for gender justice extends to the human rights of all citizens. The IAWS extends support to campaigns on issues which are within the framework of its objectives and guiding principles and on which the membership expresses strong support.

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