Law Teachers and Researchers Condemn Police Brutality, CAA and the NRC

Law teachers and researchers from across the world have strongly condemned the recent police brutality against students of different universities struggling the recent changes in Citizenship law. They have also criticized the CAA and the NRC ideas as majoritarian and one that subverts our Consttitutional vision. Their statement:

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 our Constitution 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. Adil Hasan Khan University of Melbourne
3. Aditya Roy South Asian University
4. Amita Dhanda NALSAR
5. Amrithnath SB Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
6. Anjali N Jamia Millia Islamia
7. Anumeha Mishra Faculty of Law ,University of Delhi
8. Anup Surendranath Assistant Professor of Law, National Law University, Delhi
9. Anurag Bhaskar Harvard Law School
10. Aparna Chandra National Law University Delhi
11. Aquib Husain Jamia Millia Islamia
12. Arijeet Ghosh Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
13. Arnika Tiwari Indraprastha University
14. Avnish Singh Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University
15. Ayush Rahi Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University
16. Bayar Goswami McGill University
17. Chindhu Joseph Central University of Kerala
18. Deepak Kumar Jawaharlal Nehru University
19. Dharmesh Kumar Shaheed Bhagat Singh Law College, Jaipur
20. Dorothea Grose-Forrester University of Cambridge, Cambridge
21. Dwayne Leonardo Fernandes Jawaharlal Nehru University
22. Ezekial Jarain Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
23. Farhana Jawaharlal Nehru University
24. Farheen Ahmad Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University
25. Fathima Shameem School of Excellence in Law, The T.N. Dr. Ambedkar Law University Chennai.
26. Gazala Sharif University School of Law and Legal Studies
27. Habib Ur Rehman Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University
28. Haris Jamil Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
29. Himangshu Ranjan Nath National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam
30. Ikramuddin Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University
31. Inzamam Dr.Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University
32. Joyanto Chakraborty University of Petroleum and Energy Studies
33. Julia Dehm La Trobe University
34. Kailash Jeenger Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
35. Khadija Ghani University of Cambridge
36. Khaled Labidi University of Cambridge
37. Kulsoom Fatima Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University
38. Lakashya Jawaharlal Nehru University
39. Mahesh Menon West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences
40. Mahima National Law University, Jodhpur
41. Maxime Cuypers University of Cambridge
42. Md. Abu Saleh Daffodil International University, Dhaka
43. Md. Tabish Eqbal South Asian University
44. Mimansha Jaishal Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University
45. Mini Saxena National Law University Delhi
46. Mohammad Arshad University of Allahabad
47. Mohammad Umar Jawaharlal Nehru University
48. Naina Singh National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan
49. Namrata National Law University and Judicial Academy Assam
50. Narender Nagarwal Faculty of Law ,University of Delhi
51. Navjeet VIPS, GGSIP University
52. Neetika Vishwanath National Law University, Delhi
53. Nidhi Singh South Asian University
54. Nikita Kumari Jawaharlal Nehru University
55. Nirun RN Central University of Kerala
56. Nituja Singh Jamia Millia Islamia
57. Noorjahan Jamia Millia Islamia
58. Nupur Chowdhury Jawaharlal Nehru University
59. Oishik Sircar Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University
60. Parthiban B Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University
61. Parul Mody University
62. Parveen Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
63. Poornima Singh Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University
64. Prabha Kotiswaran King’s College London
65. Prabhakar Singh Associate Professor
66. Prabhash Ranjan Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University
67. Prakhar Bhardwaj Centre for Trade and Investment Law
68. Pratiksha Baxi Jawaharlal Nehru University
69. Preeti Pratishruti Dash Project 39-A, National Law University Delhi
70. Priya Anuragini Dr Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University
71. Priyanshu Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta
72. Pushkar Anand Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
73. Ravi Prakash Rahul Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University
74. Ravneet Sandhu Vivekananda
75. Reuben O’Connell Booth University of Cambridge
76. Rishav Sharma New Law College, BVDU
77. Ritesh Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
78. Ritu Kaushik Jamia Millia Islamia
79. Rohini Sen O.P. Jindal Global University, Jindal Global Law School
80. Rohit De Yale Law School, Yale University
81. S. Pandiaraj Law, Hindustan Institute of Technology
82. Sadia Rahman National Chung Hsing University
83. Saheb Chowdhury National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam
84. Sai Ramani Garimella South Asian University, New Delhi
85. Saiji JS Central University of Kerala
86. Saika Sabir Melbourne Law School and OP Jindal Global University
87. Sam Adelman University of Warwick
88. Samiuddin Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University
89. Sanjay Raipuria Government Law College, Alwar
90. Sarfraz Alam Jamia Millia lslamia
91. Shivam Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
92. Shree Agnihotri London School of Economics
93. Shreya Rastogi National Law University, Delhi
94. Shreya Shree National Law University Delhi
95. Shruti Das ICFAI University
96. Shubham Sharma University of Cambridge
97. Siddharth Narrain PhD Candidate, UNSW, Sydney
98. Sophy K.J Centre for Women’s Development Studies
99. Soumya Rajsingh South Asian University
100. Srinivas Burra Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University
101. Stellina Jolly Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University
102. Stuti Wahal Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
103. Sujith K Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
104. Sumedha Choudhury Independent Legal Researcher
105. Syed Ali Akhtar South Asian University
106. Syed Mujtaba Athar Jamia Millia Islamia
107. Tanaya Thakur Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
108. Tarek South Asian University
109. Tarun Khaitan University of Melbourne
110. Tauseef Ahmad Jamia Millia Islamia
111. Upasana Dasgupta McGill University
112. Varsha Singh Jawaharlal Nehru University
113. Vishal Human Rights Law Network
114. Vivek Mukherjee NALSAR University of Law
115. Yaman Kasturi Jamia Millia Islamia

 

 

 

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