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This is the Press Release by People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR), demanding commutation of Afzal Guru’s death sentence. PUDR strongly condemns the death sentence to Mohammad Afzal as unfair and unjust and demands the commutation of his sentence. Not only does PUDR oppose capital punishment in principle as violating the right to life, as based on ‘an eye for eye’ revengeful ‘justice’; as inhumane, brutal, arbitrary, and discriminatory, but having followed the case closely we have observed the denial of justice to Afzal. We therefore appeal for clemency for Afzal. To begin with, of those whose mercy petitions have

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A Dharna to register protest against killings of Innocent Civilians in Kashmir at Jantar Mantar was organised by ANHAD. The dharna was two hour long where representatives from various civil society groups gathered to demonstrate their solidarity with the people of Kashmir. Following people expressed their views in protest: Shabnam Hashmi (ANHAD), Harsh Kapoor (South Asia Citizen Web), Navaid Hamid ( member, NIC), Prof. Kamal Mitra Chenoy (JNU), Prof. Anuradha Chenoy (JNU), Tanveer Hussain Khan (ANHAD), Indu Prakash (IGSSS), Madhu Chandra (North Eastern Helpline), DivyavVinod (YWCA), Sanjay Kumar (AAA), Amitabh Pandey (Free Lancer), Ravi Himadri (The other Media), Prof. Rizwan

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For the last three days authorities have imposed strict curfew in the valley with the help of Army. People are imprisoned in their homes- causing many household problems. From the shortage of medicines to baby foods nothing is availiable. Though, government is claiming the presence of army on roads is just to calm the protestors but it has caused serious inconvenience to civillians. Journalists have been barred to go out and perform their duties. Hospital administrations face difficulties due to absence of paramedic staff and doctors. Doctors were not allowed to go to hospitals and moreover many of them were

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Speaking first time on the pro-freedom protests in Kashmir valley, state Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah while addressing a press conference here at Srinagar on Tuesday evening apologized to people for the recent killings in valley and said, “Mein haath jod ke logo se appeal karta hun ki woh meri government ki madaad kare” (I hand foldedly appeal people of valley to help my government). He called the press conference following the turmoil in the valley after eleven teenagers were killed by Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF) and JK Police in Sopore, Baramulla, Islamabad and Srinagar in just nineteen days. While