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'CAA & NRC Force Democracy To Give Way To Majoritarianism': Law Teachers Across The Globe Express Solidarity With Student Protestors[Read Statement]

LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK
25 Dec 2019 4:40 AM GMT
CAA & NRC Force Democracy To Give Way To Majoritarianism: Law Teachers Across The Globe Express Solidarity With Student Protestors[Read Statement]
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We, the undersigned teachers and researchers of law, strongly condemn the police brutality on the peaceful protest by the students at Jamia Milia Islamia, Aligarh Muslim University and other universities. On 15 December 2019 police entered the Jamia Milia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University, and assaulted and detained the students. Students were dragged out of campus, and were...

We, the undersigned teachers and researchers of law, strongly condemn the police brutality on the peaceful protest by the students at Jamia Milia Islamia, Aligarh Muslim University and other universities.

On 15 December 2019 police entered the Jamia Milia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University, and assaulted and detained the students. Students were dragged out of campus, and were paraded outside with hands raised. We believe that the action of the police is an attempt to suppress dissent and is an attack on the autonomy of the universities. The police action violates, inter alia, the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under the Constitution of India and international law instruments to which India is a state party. We emphasize that academic institutions are an arena of discussion, debate and dissent, and the peremptory and ultimate objective of universities is to speak truth to power. By using force against the students, the government has struck at the heart of the culture of protests.

Through measures like CAA and NRC, democracy is being forced to give way to majoritarianism. We believe that CAA and NRC violate every value the Constitution of India seeks to preserve. Besides, the said policies do not satisfy the touchstone of any civilized community. We also believe that the restoration of constitutional standards necessitates meaningful engagement with the dissenting voices against the CAA and NRC.

We also realize that not speaking up against the police action and CAA amounts to complicity in the subversion of the constitutional values by the government. Attack on the academic institutions and the consistent effort to undermine dissent by the state institutions presents the imperative need to save the Indian democracy, pluralism and social inclusiveness. Therefore, we appeal to everyone to stand in solidarity to resist the ongoing erosion of the rule of law, constitutionalism and religious harmony.

We further reiterate that peaceful protest is a democratic right protected by the fundamental law of the country and India's international law obligations, and the same should be recognised and respected. We stand in solidarity with the protesting students and citizens against CAA and NRC.

In solidarity

S.no

Name (Alphabetical order)

Institutional Affiliation

1.

Abdullah Nasir

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University

2.

Adam Sitze

Amherst College

3.

A. Khan

University of Melbourne

4.

Aditya Roy

South Asian University

5.

Amar Bhatia

Osgoode Hall Law, York University

6.

Amita Dhanda

NALSAR

7.

Amrithnath SB

Faculty of Law, University of Delhi

8.

Anjali N

Jamia Millia Islamia

9.

Anumeha Mishra

Faculty of Law ,University of Delhi

10.

Anup Surendranath

Assistant Professor of Law, National Law University, Delhi

11.

Anurag Bhaskar

Harvard Law School

12.

Aparna Chandra

National Law University Delhi

13.

Aquib Husain

Jamia Millia Islamia

14.

Arijeet Ghosh

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

15.

Arnika Tiwari

Indraprastha University

16.

Avnish Singh

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University

17.

Ayush Rahi

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University

18.

Balakrishnan Rajagopal

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

19.

Bayar Goswami

McGill University

20.

Ben Golder

UNSW

21.

Bushra

South Asian University

22.

Chindhu Joseph

Central University of Kerala

23.

Deepak Kumar

Jawaharlal Nehru University

24.

Dharmesh Kumar

Shaheed Bhagat Singh Law College, Jaipur

25.

Dorothea Grose-Forrester

University of Cambridge, Cambridge

26.

Dwayne Leonardo Fernandes

Jawaharlal Nehru University

27.

Ezekial Jarain

Faculty of Law, University of Delhi

28.

Farhana

Jawaharlal Nehru University

29.

Farheen Ahmad

Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University

30.

Fathima Shameem

School of Excellence in Law, The T.N. Dr. Ambedkar Law University Chennai.

31.

Gazala Sharif

University School of Law and Legal Studies

32.

Habib Ur Rehman

Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University

33.

Haris Jamil

Faculty of Law, University of Delhi

34.

Himangshu Ranjan Nath

National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam

35.

Ikramuddin

Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University

36.

Inzamam

Dr.Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University

37.

Joyanto Chakraborty

University of Petroleum and Energy Studies

38.

Julia

La Trobe University

39.

Kailash Jeenger

Faculty of Law, University of Delhi

40.

Kathryn Greenman

University of Technology Sydney

41.

Khadija Ghani

University of Cambridge

42.

Khaled Labidi

University of Cambridge

43.

Kulsoom Fatima

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University

44.

Lakashya

Jawaharlal Nehru University

45.

Mahesh Menon

West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences

46.

Mahima

National Law University, Jodhpur

47.

Maxime Cuypers

University of Cambridge

48.

Md. Abu Saleh

Daffodil International University, Dhaka

49.

Md. Tabish Eqbal

South Asian University

50.

Mimansha Jaishal

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University

51.

Mini Saxena

National Law University Delhi

52.

Mohammad Arshad

University of Allahabad

53.

Mohammad Umar

Jawaharlal Nehru University

54.

Naina Singh

National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan

55.

Namrata

National Law University and Judicial Academy Assam

56.

Narender Nagarwal

Faculty of Law ,University of Delhi

57.

Navjeet

VIPS, GGSIP University

58.

Neetika Vishwanath

National Law University, Delhi

59.

Nidhi Singh

South Asian University

60.

Nikita Kumari

Jawaharlal Nehru University

61.

Nirun RN

Central University of Kerala

62.

Nituja Singh

Jamia Millia Islamia

63.

Noorjahan

Jamia Millia Islamia

64.

Ntina Tzouvala

University of Melbourne

65.

Nupur Chowdhury

Jawaharlal Nehru University

66.

Oishik Sircar

Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University

67.

Parthiban B

Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University

68.

Parul

Mody University

69.

Parveen

Faculty of Law, University of Delhi

70.

Poornima Singh

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University

71.

Prabha Kotiswaran

King's College London

72.

Prabhakar Singh

Associate Professor

73.

Prabhash Ranjan

Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University

74.

Prakhar Bhardwaj

Centre for Trade and Investment Law

75.

Pranav Menon

Jawaharlal Nehru University

76.

Pratiksha Baxi

Jawaharlal Nehru University

77.

Preeti Pratishruti Dash

Project 39-A, National Law University Delhi

78.

Priya Anuragini

Dr Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University

79.

Priyanshu

Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta

80.

Pushkar Anand

Faculty of Law, University of Delhi

81.

Ravi Prakash Rahul

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University

82.

Ravneet Sandhu

Vivekananda

83.

Reuben O'Connell Booth

University of Cambridge

84.

Rishav Sharma

New Law College, BVDU

85.

Ritesh

Faculty of Law, University of Delhi

86.

Ritu Kaushik

Jamia Millia Islamia

87.

Rohini Sen

O.P. Jindal Global University, Jindal Global Law School

88.

Rohit De

Yale Law School, Yale University

89.

S. Pandiaraj

Law, Hindustan Institute of Technology

90.

Sadia Rahman

National Chung Hsing University

91.

Saheb Chowdhury

National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam

92.

Sai Ramani Garimella

South Asian University, New Delhi

93.

Saiji JS

Central University of Kerala

94.

Saika Sabir

Melbourne Law School and OP Jindal Global University

95.

Sam Adelman

University of Warwick

96.

Samiuddin

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University

97.

Sanjay Raipuria

Government Law College, Alwar

98.

Sarfraz Alam

Jamia Millia lslamia

99.

Shaun McVeigh

University of Melbourne

100.

Shivam

Faculty of Law, University of Delhi

101.

Shree Agnihotri

London School of Economics

102.

Shreya Rastogi

National Law University, Delhi

103.

Shreya Shree

National Law University Delhi

104.

Shruti Das

ICFAI University

105.

Shubham Sharma

University of Cambridge

106.

Siddharth Narrain

PhD Candidate, UNSW, Sydney

107.

Sophy KJ

Centre for Women's Development Studies

108.

Soumya Rajsingh

South Asian University

109.

Srinivas Burra

Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University

110.

Stellina Jolly

Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University

111.

Stuti Wahal

Faculty of Law, University of Delhi

112.

Sujith K

Faculty of Law, University of Delhi

113.

Sujith Xavier

University of Windsor

114.

Sumedha Choudhury

Independent Legal Researcher

115.

Sundhya Pahuja

University of Melbourne

116.

Swethaa S. Ballakrishnen

University of California Irvine

117.

Syed Ali Akhtar

South Asian University

118.

Syed Mujtaba Athar

Jamia Millia Islamia

119.

Tanaya Thakur

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

120.

Tarek

South Asian University

121.

Tarun Khaitan

University of Melbourne

122.

Tauseef Ahmad

Jamia Millia Islamia

123.

Tony Anghie

University of Utah

124.

Upasana Dasgupta

McGill University

125.

Usha Natarajan

American University in Cairo

126.

Varsha Singh

Jawaharlal Nehru University

127.

Vasuki Nesiah

New York University

128.

Vishal

Human Rights Law Network

129.

Vivek Mukherjee

NALSAR University of Law

130.

Yaman Kasturi

Jamia Millia Islamia


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