Urgent petition for the Lawyer's Collective in India (June 2016)

Dear friends,

As you may know, the government of India has targeted the Lawyer’s Collective and they are at risk of losing access to foreign funding and possibly being shut down. They are requesting signatories (by email) expressing international support for the letter below - can you also help distribute this letter among your appropriate personal/professional networks, as well as to send it to them before June 30th?

A message from the Lawyers Collective International Solidarity Campaign follows with the letter attached at the bottom of this post.

Many thanks, Michael

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are writing here as the Lawyers Collective International Solidarity Campaign to urgently request your signature on the attached letter addressed to the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, in support of the Lawyers Collective and its co-founders Indira Jaising and Anand Grover.

As you may already know, the Lawyers Collective has recently been the target of a politically motivated attack by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs and is at risk of losing its license to receive foreign funding. This would essentially mean the end of the organization’s work. Their license has already been suspended for 180 days.

We are calling upon the Government of India to lift the order suspending the Lawyer’s Collective’s license to receive foreign funds and to ensure the organization is provided the freedom and space to continue its work in advancing the rights of the most vulnerable and marginalized sections of society, in conformity with the Constitution of India.

Please see the attached letter and follow these links for information on the allegations (made under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act) and the Lawyers Collective’s response, as well a statement from UN human rights experts calling on the Government of India to repeal the law.

· Lawyers Collective response to suspension order

· UN human rights experts urge repeal of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act

We are requesting you to:

a) Send us an email on contact@supportoflc.com registering your support for the letter. Please do this as soon as possible, and no later than by 6pm (your local time) on Thursday 30th June 2016. Please give the full name (individual or organisation); occupation/field of work; and full contact details.

We will then send the letter with signatures to Mr Modi (and copy it to the Home Minister, the Chief Justice of India, and the Indian Ambassador at the UN) the next day.

b) Forward the letter to your contacts urging them to sign. Please make sure that your contacts are aware of the deadline and the correct email to send their supporting letter.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Lawyers Collective International Solidarity Campaign

The letter can be downloaded here: Lawyers Collective International Solidarity Campaign.pdf (76.7 KB)

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Aaah! I see I missed the deadline for the petition. Kindly share the outcome. All the best to Lawyer’s Collective in India

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Thanks for checking in, Chinga! I sent an email to the petition organizer and will let you know as soon as I get a response.

In any event, it may not hurt to send an email of support now anyway, even though we’re past the deadline. They will appreciate the solidarity! :seedling:

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