Defend the rights of Dr. GN Saibaba, demand his immediate release – International League of Peoples’ Struggle
By Prof. JOSE MARIA SISON
Chairperson, International Coordinating Committee
International League of Peoples’ Struggle
We, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, resolutely and vigorously support the campaign for the defense and release of Dr. G N Saibaba from prison. We condemn the grave violation of his civil and political rights, especially his right to free speech and his rights against unjust imprisonment, physical and mental torture and cruel and inhumane treatment. We base ourselves on the reports from Indian human rights organizations and we hereunder restate the facts of his case for the purpose of wider dissemination.
Dr. G N Saibaba was at first abducted on 9th May 2014 from the Delhi University North Campus by the Maharashtra police. Because of his strong principled and vocal opposition to Operation Green Hunt, as a military campaign to oppress and exploit the Adivasis (indigenous people) and to grab their natural resources, he was framed as a Maoist and charged under the vicious UAPA legislation. He was imprisoned in the Nagpur Central Jail for over a year.
Dr. Saibaba was then already 90% disabled and wheel chair bound, unable to walk. He was put in solitary confinement in the notorious anda cell and consequently became afflicted with problems in his spinal cord. These were followed by complications in heart, kidney and gall bladder. His left arm became completely paralyzed owing to gradual muscle atrophy.
The prison authorities acting under the Central Government command were hell bent on killing Saibaba in prison. But a concerted campaign of democratic and human rights activists and associations in India and abroad brought public opinion to bear on the Indian authorities and pressed them to release Dr. Saibaba on bail for medical treatment. The Indian High Court granted Dr. Saibaba three months bail for this purpose on 30 June 2015.
Dr. Saibaba received treatment at various hospitals in Delhi. His application for a permanent bail was rejected by the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court. But upon the recommendation of the doctors treating him, he was able to get his bail period extended by a further three months. Then, on 23 December 2015 a single judge from the same Court ordered Dr. Saibaba to surrender himself to the Nagpur prison within 48 hours. This order ignores Dr. Saibaba’s serious ill health and the previous Court Order that allowed him at least until 31st December 2015 to receive medical treatment.
We fully agree with all the defenders of Dr. Saibaba that the order to put him back in Nagpur jail is a barbaric act by the Indian state, completely unmindful of his grave disability and ill health. As if on a rampage, the same High Court judgement has also ordered proceedings for criminal contempt against highly respected writer and social activist Arundhati Roy for her article, titled ‘Professor, POW’, against GN Saibaba’s unjust imprisonment and violation of his right to free speech. It is criminally absurd that a court engages in a chain of acts against the fundamental freedom of speech that is supposed to be guaranteed by the Indian Constitution.
Having known Dr. Saibaba as a colleague in the ILPS since its founding in 2001, we are proud of his record of standing up and speaking against the neoliberal policy of imperialist globalization and the consequent recurrence of crisis and the escalation of imperialist plunder and war. We are proud of his principled and courageous stand against the Indian government’s pseudo-development programs that are designed to let multinational corporations grab vast areas of land and loot the mineral wealth of the India. Dr. Saibaba has exposed the fact this pseudo-development benefits the exploiting classes at the expense of the Adivasis who lose their homes, land, water and forests.
The Adivasis are driven by the imperialists and the Indian reactionaries to engage in a life and death struggle against the State in order to uphold and defend their ancestral rights and preserve their environment. They are fighting heroically against such military operations as Operation Green Hunt which are unleashed by the reactionary armed forces. Dr. Saibaba has stood for justice in opposing the crimes being committed against the Adivasis. We are outraged that he is made to suffer for speaking out his mind for the cause of justice. We are also indignant that the state is persecuting Arundhati Roy just because she has criticized the Court’s decision to deny Dr. Saibaba permanent bail.
We call on all member-organizations of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle to issue statements and undertake protest actions before Indian embassies and consulates to condemn the unjust acts of the Indian authorities and to demand the permanent bail and immediate release of Dr. G N Saibaba and thus allow him to get the proper medical care and treatment. We must also demand the withdrawal of the false and outrageous charge of contempt against Arundhati Roy for defending Dr. Saibaba’s right to free speech.
Proletarians of all countries, unite!
To CC of Communist Party of Phillipines
This 26th December 2013, the Revolutionary Front of the Defense of People’s Rights-Brazil (FRDDP-Brazil) to send red greetings to the Central Committee of Communist Party of Phlippines/CPP for the celebration of 45 years of your organization. We warmly greet your leaders, cadres and other militants, as well as the masses run and organized by the Party fighting heroically for New Democracy Revolution and the communism. We greet the New People’s Army, commands and red combatants, especially its glorious and unforgettable martyrs. We greet also the National Democratic Front, all masses and national minorities mobilized and organized against imperialism and the local ruling classes.
For decades, persisting on the revolutionary way of people’s war, the CPP became a recognized vanguard of the Philippine proletariat and an advanced detachment of the international proletariat.
With joy, we greet the big victories of the New People’s Army under the firm direction of CPP – which has given proof of heroism and sacrifices, defeating the successive genocidal campaigns, as the current “Oplan Bayanihan”, supported and financed for US – through correct and successives Offensive Tactics; conquering big victories for the people and the revolution and propeling the people’s war according to the goal and plans of CPP to advance to the stage of strategic balance; converting, more and more, the NPA in a poweful People’s Army – spine of the new red power that is growing up with the support of masses.
After 45 years of organization of CPP, the ideas of founders that took on the shining path of Revolution becoming reality with the big victories in the social and national liberation struggles won by the New Democracy Revolution. The People’s War directed by the CPP is one torch that lights the way and propel the national liberation struggles in opressed countries and for opressed masses on the world, converting all the subcontinent in one of the most advanced trenchs of proletarian revolution on the world. Those victories are crowned by the auspicious plan for achieve the strategic balance called upon for the CC of CPP in occasion of 43 birthday of NPA.
The flames launched from the trench of People’s War in Philippines, India, Peru and Turkey are setting fire, more and more, to the heart of youth and masses all over the world. Following those examples, the new generations of international proletariat are struggling to forje the tools of revolution in their own countries. Every achievements are great victories of proletariat which are opening bright prospects for the proletarian revolution on the world.
In 2013, in the biggest cities in Brazil, the Brazilian people rose in great waves of protests. Those big popular rebelions in the cities – with the efforts and hard work of maoists and other Brazilian revolutionaries – have united with the struggle for land that the poor peasants are developing against the landlordism through the Agrarian Revolution and the development of a strong and growing revolutionary movement on the countryside. All those struggles are part of New Democracy Revolution in our country, confronting the old reactionary State of big burgeoise and landlords, servants of imperialism, mainly Iankee imperialism; and against the current oportunist manegement of the parties like PT/PMDB/PSB, and supported by the revisionist PCdoB (Communist Party of Brazil) led by Amazonas/Rabelo, and all the reaction. The maoists and others Brazilian revolutionaries are working hard to pass to a new stage.
The New Democracy Revolution in Philippines and the CPP’s experience are one great source of inspiration for the Brazilian revolutionaries and have showed the masses the path to be follwed in our country to the struggle for social and nacional liberation and the protacted People’s War.
Hold high the flag of CPP in his 45 birthday!
Long Live 45 years of reorganization of CPP!
Long Live 120 years of birthday of Chairman Mao Tsetung!
Down the revisionism! Long Live the Marxism-Leninism-Maoism!
Down the imperialist war! Long Live the People’s War!
Long Live the People’s War in Philippines!
Brazil, 26th December 2013
Revolutionary Front of Defense of People’s Rights
To the Communist Party of Philippines
our party greets the anniversary of the founding chairman of Communist Party of the Philippines, Prof. Jose Maria Sison, and his 55 years-long service to the Filipino people in the struggle for national and social liberation against imperialism and reaction.
This anniversary occurs while a large part of the Filipino people still suffer the consequences of the typhoon Hayan (also known as Yolanda) that devastated the country in 8th of November of the past year, and, even in these terrible hours, the Aquino government does not stop militarizing the countryside across the country to target members and fighters of the Communist Party of the Philippines and people involved in local people’s governments through the operation “Oplan Bayanihan” (a real war on people) backed by imperialists.
Our party has redoubled the efforts to support the dignity of a conscious people struggling to get rid of parasites at national and international level, exposing the interventionism of Aquino’s government and imperialism against its own population and bringing to the proletariat of the imperialist countries and around the world the truth and voice of the Filipino people and the Communist Party.
At international level, the devastations of imperialist globalisation, wars of aggression and the devastating economic crisis of the imperialist system and its impact on proletarians and the broad masses have awakened worldwide a wave of struggles and revolts.
In this context a potential new wave of the world proletarian revolution develops and emerges, with the people’s wars led by Maoist parties as its reference points and strategic anchor.
The realisation of this potential ultimately depends on how successful the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist parties are in fulfilling their revolutionary tasks at national and international level.
For this, we need an effective international MLM organization that can aid the fulfilment of revolutionary tasks and take the collective voice of the Maoists to the proletariat and struggling peoples.
Therefore, comrades, in this anniversary we reiterate our commitment to persist in the support and struggle with your people and the Party and are confident to find you on our side in the struggle for a new and stronger unity and organization of the Maoists in the world.