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We Stand With JNU Students and Teachers - an International solidarity statement on 2 March 2016

3 March 2016

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The Hindu-Right government of India identifies the nation with its Hindu majority and imposes the domination of Hinduism over citizens of other denominations and also the “lower” castes.

Over the past few years, the Hindu-Right has curtailed free speech at universities, banned books, and falsified history.

Students protesting against the oppression of non-Hindu citizens and “lower” castes have been fiercely repressed and police has been called into the premises of the Jawaharlal Nehru University.

In protest, university teachers now organize lectures in the open to freely discuss nation, nationalism, and the politics of the Hindu-Right.

A protest march to the Parliament in New Delhi is being organized on March 2, and on this occasion Delhi students call for international solidarity.

We the undersigned, fully aware of the dangers of all fundamentalist extreme-Rights, wholeheartedly support the protest movement of students and teachers at JNU, those at Delhi University and other protestors against the Hindu-Right government in India.


  • Amel Grami, professor at the University of Manouba, Tunisia
  • Ariane Brunet, Centre for Secular Space
  • Chulani Kodikara, Research Associate at the International Center for Ethnic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Deeyah Khan. Filmmaker and activist. Founder of Fuuse.
  • Elizabeth Cox: independent feminist activist and former UN Women regional director
  • Fariborz Pooya, Host of Bread and Roses TV
  • Gita Sahgal, Director, Centre for Secular Space
  • Homa Arjomand, Coordinator of the International Campaign against Sharia Court in Canada and One Secular School System for All
  • Imad Iddine Habib, Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco/Britain
  • Inna Schevchenko, FEMEN Leader
  • Jeanne Favret Saada, Directeur de recherche CNRS, Paris
  • Kate Smurthwaite, Comedian and Activist
  • Lila Ghobady, Writer & Documentarymaker
  • Marieme Helie Lucas, Algerian Sociologist, former faculty member Algiers University and Founder of Secularism is a Woman’s Issue
  • Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson of One Law for All and Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and Producer of Bread and Roses TV
  • Meredith Tax, Chair, Centre for Secular Space
  • Nadia El Fani, Tunisian Filmmaker
  • Nahla Mahmoud, Spokesperson of Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
  • Nina Sankari, Polish Feminist and Secularist
  • Nira Yuval-Davis, Director of the Research Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) at the University of East London
  • Pervez Hoodbhoy, Pakistani nuclear physicist, mathematician and academic
  • Peter Tatchell, Human Rights Campaigner
  • Pragna Patel, Director of Southall Black Sisters
  • Rayhana Sultan, Spokesperson of Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
  • Rina Nissim, Espace Femmes International, Geneva
  • Rumy Hasan, Academic
  • Sultana Kamal, Bangladeshi Lawyer and Human Rights Activist
  • Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society
  • Yasmin Rehman, Women’s Rights Campaigner

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