Session 3: UAPA,  An Instrument Of Political Suppression | National Conference on Human Rights







Session 3: UAPA,  An Instrument Of Political Suppression | National Conference on Human Rights


                       KK Suhail – Quill Foundation


                        Adv. K.P. Mohamed Shareef , EM Abdul Rahiman & KK Suhail


Welcome:           Mohamed Janib – Coordinator, NCHRO.


Chair:                 Adv. K.P. Mohamed Shareef – Vice Chairperson, NCHRO.


Keynote:             K.K. Suhail – Quill Foundation.


Speaker:             E.M. Abdul Rahman,   Central Committee Member, People’s Movement Against UAPA



The theme itself captures the importance of willingness to utilize coercive tools by authorities against their own citizens.  From the experiences so far in our country it is clear that the draconian laws like UAPA are mostly imposed on marginalised classes as a political tool to silence them. UAPA Act, is being used to suppress and subdue the common man who raises a voice for his/her rights.

These acts contain vague and wide definitions of crimes; and it contain a wide ambit for application, designed to include a large number of individuals targeting the most vulnerable groups and communities; they invariably involve vesting state agencies with enormous powers over individuals.

Real concerns exist about the abuse of these laws. They offer little in the way of oversights and protections. They have been used for political ends. Court hearings are not conducted in an open, transparent manner; often without adequate safeguards against Ordinary and established court processes are subverted, by setting up of special courts;

These acts prescribe stringent punishment including life sentences and death penalty, often disproportionate to the crime alleged to have been committed; such laws are justified in the name of public interest / larger interests of society including national security, public order, preservation of democracy etc. Each time these Acts are introduced the Government gives assurances that there are in-built safeguards against abuse, but given our country’s abysmal human rights record, their primary use is to target anyone who raises a legitimate voice against the activities of the Police or the endemic corruption in our society.

Moreover, any organisation can be declared unlawful by issuing a government notification. Although, the government is obliged to specify the reasons for declaring an organisation unlawful, it may dispense with this requirement if, in its opinion, it is against the public interest to do so they violate rule of law;

We have live examples how authorities acted  with vested interests;  In the case of  former ISRO Scientist,  Nambi Narayanan and others; whom  they virtually lost their life, career and reputation stamped as a traitors, arrested, tortured, humiliated.  The so called “1994 ISRO-espionage” case was confirmed as a hoax by the Supreme Court, marks one of the darkest episodes in the history of the Intelligence Bureau, Police and the Press in India. The officers who framed Nambi Narayanan & others have been walking free for the past 23 years and had an illustrious career.

We can see the space for fundamental rights and freedoms shrinks dramatically, as democratic political processes are challenged by authoritarian trends. This 20th anniversary of NCHRO is a timely opportunity to strengthen our collective resolve to do more to promote peace and security, sustainable development and human rights.

We hope that our exchange of views will help us better identify the ways in which we can join efforts to address the challenges we are facing.

E.M Abdul Rahiman – Central Committee Member, People’s Movement Against UAPA


                       Adv. K.P. Mohamed Shareef – Vice Chairperson, NCHRO.


KK Suhail – Quill Foundation


                       Mohamed Janib – NCHRO Coordinator.






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