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Repeal all draconian black laws

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New Delhi: A national convention was organized here by the Welfare Party of India and Association for the Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) on  14 April. It strongly demanded the repeal of all draconian black laws like UAPA, AFSPA, MCOCA etc…

Presiding over the function held at the Indian Law Academy, Justice A.M. Ahmadi, former Chief Justice of India, termed these laws as authoritarian and inhuman. He said that most of these laws were drafted with certain objectives and were not passed after vigorous and serious parliamentary discussions that they deserved. Justice Ahmadi said that these laws are being executed with bias and prejudice in many cases hurting the peaceful life of the citizens. He strongly criticized the provision for admission of confessional statement of the accused under these draconian laws and termed it against the spirit of the Constitution. He expressed his disappointment that social and economic justice guaranteed in the constitution is being devalued and ignored. Socialist concept of the Constitution is not turned into practice.

In the first session presided over by Justice Ahmadi, Ravi Nair, executive director of the South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre, Advocate Ashok Agarwal, and Prof. Ujwal Kumar Singh of the Dept. of Political Science at Delhi University presented papers on various aspects of these black laws.

The afternoon second session, presided over by Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan, vice president of the Welfare Party, dealt in length on "defending freedoms - approaches and strategies." The panelists included N.D. Panchloi of PUCL, Ravi Nair, S.A. Gilani of Allahabad High Court, Advocate Shoaib Mohammed of Lucknow, Advocate Salar Mohammed Khan and Advocate Satyendra Kumar Singh. The programme was attended by Welfare Party national President Mujtaba Farooq, Vice-president Abdul Wahab Khilji, General Secretaries Dr. S.Q.R.Ilyas and PC Hamza, secretaries A. Subramani and Dr. Tasleem Rehmani, womens wing convenor Sheema Mohsin alongwith state office bearers. 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 May 2013 on page no. 13

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