No CAA-NRC, no brutality: In solidarity with Jamia-AMU students

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 realise 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

Institutional Affiliation

  1.  

Abdullah Nasir

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University

  1.  

Adil Hasan Khan

University of Melbourne

  1.  

Aditya Roy

South Asian University

  1.  

Amita Dhanda

NALSAR

  1.  

Amrithnath SB

Faculty of Law, University of Delhi

  1.  

Anjali N

Jamia Millia Islamia

  1.  

Anumeha Mishra

Faculty of Law ,University of Delhi

  1.  

Anup Surendranath

Assistant Professor of Law, National Law University, Delhi

  1.  

Anurag Bhaskar

Harvard Law School

  1.  

Aparna Chandra

National Law University Delhi

  1.  

Aquib Husain

Jamia Millia Islamia

  1.  

Arijeet Ghosh

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

  1.  

Arnika Tiwari

Indraprastha University

  1.  

Avnish Singh

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University

  1.  

Ayush Rahi

Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University

  1.  

Bayar Goswami

McGill University

  1.  

Chindhu Joseph

Central University of Kerala

  1.  

Deepak Kumar

Jawaharlal Nehru University

  1.  

Dharmesh Kumar

Shaheed Bhagat Singh Law College, Jaipur

  1.  

Dorothea Grose-Forrester

University of Cambridge, Cambridge

  1.  

Dwayne Leonardo Fernandes

Jawaharlal Nehru University

  1.  

Ezekial Jarain

Faculty of Law, University of Delhi

  1.  

Farhana

Jawaharlal Nehru University

  1.  

Farheen Ahmad

Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University

  1.  

Fathima Shameem

School of Excellence in Law, The T.N. Dr. Ambedkar Law University Chennai.

  1.  

Gazala Sharif

University School of Law and Legal Studies

  1.  

Habib Ur Rehman

Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University

  1.  

Haris Jamil

Faculty of Law,University of Delhi

  1.  

Himangshu Ranjan Nath

National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam

  1.  

Ikramuddin

Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University

  1.  

Inzamam

Dr.Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University

  1.  

Joyanto Chakraborty

University of Petroleum and Energy Studies

  1.  

Julia Dehm

La Trobe University

  1.  

Kailash Jeenger

Faculty of Law,University of Delhi

  1.  

Khadija Ghani

University of Cambridge

  1.  

Khaled Labidi

University of Cambridge

  1.  

Kulsoom Fatima

Dr.Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University

  1.  

Lakashya

Jawaharlal Nehru University

  1.  

Mahesh Menon

West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences

  1.  

Mahima

National Law University, Jodhpur

  1.  

Maxime Cuypers

University of Cambridge

  1.  

Md. Abu Saleh

Daffodil International University, Dhaka

  1.  

Md. Tabish Eqbal

South Asian University

  1.  

Mimansha Jaishal

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University

  1.  

Mini Saxena

National Law University Delhi

  1.  

Mohammad Arshad

University of Allahabad

  1.  

Mohammad Umar

Jawaharlal Nehru University

  1.  

Naina Singh

National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan

  1.  

Namrata

National Law University and Judicial Academy Assam

  1.  

Narender Nagarwal

Faculty of Law ,University of Delhi

  1.  

Navjeet

VIPS, GGSIP University

  1.  

Neetika Vishwanath

National Law University, Delhi

  1.  

Nidhi Singh

South Asian University

  1.  

Nikita Kumari

Jawaharlal Nehru University

  1.  

Nirun RN

Central University of Kerala

  1.  

Nituja Singh

Jamia Millia Islamia

  1.  

Noorjahan

Jamia Millia Islamia

  1.  

Nupur Chowdhury

Jawaharlal Nehru University

  1.  

Oishik Sircar

Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University

  1.  

Parthiban B

Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University

  1.  

Parul

Mody University

  1.  

Parveen

Faculty of Law, University of Delhi

  1.  

Poornima Singh

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University

  1.  

Prabha Kotiswaran

King's College London

  1.  

Prabhakar Singh

Associate Professor

  1.  

Prabhash Ranjan

Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University

  1.  

Prakhar Bhardwaj

Centre for Trade and Investment Law

  1.  

Pratiksha Baxi

Jawaharlal Nehru University

  1.  

Preeti Pratishruti Dash

Project 39-A, National Law University Delhi

  1.  

Priya Anuragini

Dr Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University

  1.  

Priyanshu

Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta

  1.  

Pushkar Anand

Faculty of Law, University of Delhi

  1.  

Ravi Prakash Rahul

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University

  1.  

Ravneet Sandhu

Vivekananda

  1.  

Reuben O’Connell Booth

University of Cambridge

  1.  

Rishav Sharma

New Law College, BVDU

  1.  

Ritesh

Faculty of Law, University of Delhi

  1.  

Ritu Kaushik

Jamia Millia Islamia

  1.  

Rohini Sen

O.P. Jindal Global University, Jindal Global Law School

  1.  

Rohit De

Yale Law School, Yale University

  1.  

S. Pandiaraj

Law, Hindustan Institute of Technology

  1.  

Sadia Rahman

National Chung Hsing University

  1.  

Saheb Chowdhury

National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam

  1.  

Sai Ramani Garimella

South Asian University, New Delhi

  1.  

Saiji JS

Central University of Kerala

  1.  

Saika Sabir

Melbourne Law School and OP Jindal Global University

  1.  

Sam Adelman

University of Warwick

  1.  

Samiuddin

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University

  1.  

Sanjay Raipuria

Government Law College, Alwar

  1.  

Sarfraz Alam

Jamia Millia lslamia

  1.  

Shivam

Faculty of Law, University of Delhi

  1.  

Shree Agnihotri

London School of Economics

  1.  

Shreya Rastogi

National Law University, Delhi

  1.  

Shreya Shree

National Law University Delhi

  1.  

Shruti Das

ICFAI University

  1.  

Shubham Sharma

University of Cambridge

  1.  

Siddharth Narrain

PhD Candidate, UNSW, Sydney

  1.  

Sophy K.J

Centre for Women’s Development Studies

  1.  

Soumya Rajsingh

South Asian University

  1.  

Srinivas Burra

Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University

  1.  

Stellina Jolly

Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University

  1.  

Stuti Wahal

Faculty of Law, University of Delhi

  1.  

Sujith K

Faculty of Law, University of Delhi

  1.  

Sumedha Choudhury

Independent Legal Researcher

  1.  

Syed Ali Akhtar

South Asian University

  1.  

Syed Mujtaba Athar

Jamia Millia Islamia

  1.  

Tanaya Thakur

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

  1.  

Tarek

South Asian University

  1.  

Tarun Khaitan

University of Melbourne

  1.  

Tauseef Ahmad

Jamia Millia Islamia

  1.  

Upasana Dasgupta

McGill University

  1.  

Varsha Singh

Jawaharlal Nehru University

  1.  

Vishal

Human Rights Law Network

  1.  

Vivek Mukherjee

NALSAR University of Law

  1.  

Yaman Kasturi

Jamia Millia Islamia