Kozhikkode: Noted human rights activists and vice president of National Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners Prof. A Marx called for the immediate repeal of black laws like Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). He was inaugurating a convention against excessive laws such as UAPA and AFSPA here organized by National Confederation of Human rights Organizations (NCHRO) at Nalanda Auditorium.
It’s dangerous to keep silence against such draconian laws and it is the duty of all people who believe in democratic principles to fight against it, he added.
He also said that the existing laws in the country which were made by the British government to suppress its colony were enough to tackle any law and order problem arising here. Still the central government is spearheading the human rights violations through these kinds of ‘highhanded’ laws.
Acts like UAPA and AFSPA were rejected by the international community on the grounds that there are inhuman and undemocratic sections in these laws such as the power given to the security forces and investigating agencies to arrest or kill people on the basis of mere suspicions and to keep them in illegal custody without bail or trial even for months. More than 20,000 innocent people were arrested in the country under draconian laws like TADA and POTA which were the earlier forms of UAPA and AFSPA. And it should be noted that all these laws were enacted in the name of national security, he added.
Adv. N M Siddique, who was released from jail after 52 days of unjust custody, was felicitated at the function. Human rights activists A Vasu present ed him bouquet. Siddique said that I was dangerous to be a human rights activist in the present situations.
He was arrested by Ernakulam Police allegedly as an action of revenge. He had given a petition to the National Human Rights Commission against police atrocities in the state under the cover of investigation into the attack against the T J Joseph who was attacked by a group of people for his sacrilegious action.
N P Chekkuty, executive editor of Thejas daily, Boby Kunju, social activists, P Ahmed Shareef, resident editor, Thejas daily, Reni Ilin, national coordinator of NCHRO, Moin Bapu, district president also spoke on the occasion.