India’s Most Famous Political Prisoner Dr. Binayak Sen Speaks Out from India on the 3rd Anniversary of his Arrest
Just under a year ago Dr. Binayak Sen, India’s most famous political prisoner, was released on bail after 2 years of imprisonment. Dr. Sen is a world-renowned “physician of the poor,” winner of the 2008 Jonathan Mann award for global health and human rights, and Vice President of India’s oldest civil liberties organization the People’s Union for Civil Liberties.
He was charged under the the draconian and widely critiqued Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (or UAPA) and the Chhattisgarh Special Public Safety Act (CSPSA). The allegations against him ranged from helping the Maoist insurgency, being a member of a terrorist organization, to waging war against the Indian state.
Today is the third anniversary of his arrest and the trial against him continues. Democracy Now’s Anjali Kamat reached Dr. Sen in India.