URGENT ACTION: GRAVE HEALTH FEARS FOR PARALYSED ACTIVIST IN PRISON
Disabled activist and teacher, G N Saibaba was convicted under a draconian anti-terror law on 7 March 2017 and continues to be denied access to adequate medical treatment in Nagpur Central Jail. Due to chronic health issues, his family fear that he will not survive the winter if he is not provided immediate and adequate access to medical care.
G N Saibaba was convicted of offences including “unlawful activities”, conspiring to commit a “terrorist act” and “membership of a terrorist organization”, and sentenced to life imprisonment by a Maharashtra court under a draconian anti-terror law, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), on 7 March 2017. Detained at the Nagpur Central Jail in Maharashtra State, G N Saibaba suffers from post-polio paralysis in both his legs and requires the use of a wheelchair. He has further been diagnosed with acute pancreatitis, a spinal disorder that compromises the use of his left shoulder and hand. He also suffers from a cardiac condition and hypertension.
Parts of the UAPA, including its sweeping definitions of “unlawful activity” and “membership” of a “terrorist organization”, do not meet international human rights standards. G N Saibaba’s conviction was based primarily on documents and videos which the court ruled was evidence that he was a member of a front organization of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist). Amnesty International believes that the charges against G N Saibaba are fabricated and that his trial did not meet international fair trial standards
Following his arrest, G N Saibaba’s condition has considerably worsened. His wife said that he had told her he is in acute pain and has fallen unconscious in his cell three times since his conviction. He also told his advocate that the jail authorities regularly delay him access to lifesaving medication. Jail authorities have failed to provide necessary health updates to his family and lawyers and to take him to a hospital equipped to provide him the care he requires. In addition, there are continued concerns around prison conditions including issues regarding sanitation and G N Saibaba’s access to basic needs such as a mattress and appropriate clothing.
If this situation is not immediately remedied, G N Saibaba and his family fear that he will not survive the winter. Denial of medical treatment to prisoners is cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment that can amount to torture.
Please write immediately in English or your own language, urging authorities to: PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 4 JANUARY 2018 TO:
- Commute G N Saibaba’s sentence and release him immediately;
- Pending his release, in consultation and agreement with G N Saibaba and his family, grant him prompt, regular and unrestricted access to medical care on request or as necessary;
- Ensure G N Saibaba is protected from torture and other ill-treatment while in detention, and that he is allowed, without delay, regular access to his family and lawyer.
Minister of Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh, 17 Akbar Road, New Delhi 110001 Fax: +91 11 2301 4184
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Minister
Inspector General of Prisons, M C Borwankar, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Marg, Colaba, Mumbai,
Maharashtra 400001, Fax: +91 20 2612 5878
Salutation: Dear Madam
And copies to:
Focal Point for HRDs
Srinivasa Kammath, National Human Rights Commission Block-C, GPO Complex, INA New Delhi, India, PIN: 110023
Tel: +91 11 2465 1330, Email: [email protected]
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Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date. This is the first update of UA 131/14. Further information: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/asa20/013/2014/en/