Demand repeal of sedition law: sign Amnesty’s petition


Sedition_Petition_posterThe British used the sedition law to curb free speech during India’s independence struggle. Now the government is using it to silence and harass those with divergent opinions.

Let the Home Minister know where you stand. Read the letter and demand the repeal of the Sedition Law.

Dear Home Minister,

JNU Students’ Union President Kanhaiya Kumar and DU professor SAR Geelani are in detention under a law which deserves no place in India.

Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code, which defines the offence of “sedition”, is a colonial-era relic. It was enacted by the British to repress India’s independence struggle. Mahatma Gandhi, who was imprisoned under the law, called it “the prince among the political sections of the Indian Penal Code designed to suppress the liberty of the citizen”.

Courts have ruled that any expression must involve incitement to imminent violence for it to amount to sedition. But the law has been used again and again to arrest journalists, activists and human rights defenders simply for expressing critical views.

The sedition law is excessively vague and broad, making it an easy tool to stifle dissent and debate. There is no good way to apply Section 124A. It does not comply with international human rights law. It violates the right to freedom of expression under the Indian Constitution. And it goes against India’s tradition of tolerance.

I urge you to repeal this abusive law.

Yours sincerely,

Amnesty International India supporters who take injustice personally.

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