[act-ma] Kavita Srivastava, Nov 14 @ MIT - Silencing & Criminalizing Dissent: Human Rights in India

Paul Malachi Penchalapadu paul.malachi at gmail.com
Tue Nov 12 13:12:28 PST 2013

Association for India's Development <http://www.aidboston.org>

*Challenges faced by the human rights movement in India*

*a talk by*

*Nat'l Secretary, *
*People's Union for Civil Liberties, India*

*Thu. Nov 14*
*7 - 9 pm*
*MIT 3 - 333*
77 mass ave, cambridge

*Facebook Event * <https://www.facebook.com/events/406453882791372/>

Free & Open to the Public

For almost three decades Kavita Srivastava has been part of non-violent
resistance undertaken by people to assert their democratic and
constitutional rights. She works with Women, Dalit, Tribals, Workers and
the Civil liberties movements bringing accountability for the crimes
committed against them through legal and public action. She is the National
Secretary of the People's Union for Civil Liberties, the foremost Civil
Liberties organisation of the country. The first fifteen years of her work
life were spent working only women's issues and gave leadership to the
Violence against Women's Movement in Rajasthan, particularly the anti Sati
movement, the campaign for the justice for Bhanwari Devi and the anti rape
movement in the State and in creating mechanisms in Rajasthan in order to
ensure women's access to the criminal justice system including access to
the police.

She has played a critical role in the country in exposing the violations by
the State of the rights of Human Rights defenders and campaigned for the
release of Dr. Binayak Sen
and Seema Azad. She is working for the repeal of the law on Sedition which
is at the root of all undemocratic laws. With the increasing assault on
people’s livelihoods in the last
 decade a major part of her work has been to strengthen the voices of
resistance and prevent criminalization of dissent.

*Co-sponsored by:*
Alliance for a Secular & Democratic South Asia

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