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Manisha gets the Mukundan Menon Award

New Delhi: National Minority Commission Chairman Wajahat Habibullah gave this year’s Mukundan C Menon award instituted by the National Confederation of Human Rights Organization’s (NCHRO) to human rights activists Manisha Sethi and her colleagues in the Jamia Teachers Solidarity Association, here on 10 Jan.

The award is instituted in the name of Menon whose struggle took him to Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Bihar, Gujarat and Kerala, who had to  face imprisonment for the sake of human rights. Habibullah said, “Such fights should still continue”.

Manisha Sethi while accepting the award said, after TADA and POTA, UAPA is a repressive law being used by the government to oppress people and deprive them of their democratic as well as political rights. She said, it is being used mostly against minority youth and as a political tool against political opponents of the system. Therefore, there is a need of a broad-based movement by the people.  

The award was established in 2006 soon after Menon’s death on Dec 12, 2005. It is given annually to human rights defenders.

NVHRO’s citation said that the books produced by the JTSA are models for human rights activists who conduct similar work.   

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 January 2014 on page no. 13

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