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Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act

The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) is a piece of legislation whose purpose is far removed from any notion of justice. This law is designed to give the state limitless power to choose the group, the section, and the political opinion that it wishes to describe as criminal and to attack it with legislated violence. Hence the UAPA is merely a weapon in the hands of governments masquerading as a statute of the judicial system. Through this law governments have obtained the power to label whatever organisation they fi nd uncomfortable as unlawful and terrorist.

The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) is a piece of legislation whose purpose is far removed from any notion of justice. This law is designed to give the state limitless power to choose the group, the section, and the political opinion that it wishes to describe as criminal and to attack it with legislated violence. Hence the UAPA is merely a weapon in the hands of governments masquerading as a statute of the judicial system. Through this law governments have obtained the power to label whatever organisation they fi nd uncomfortable as unlawful and terrorist.

The UAPA overturns every tenet of a democracy, violates the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution, violates every provision in the criminal justice system meant to safeguard the innocent, and every international covenant and declaration concerning rights of the individual. It is an especially miserable juncture of our history that such legislation fi nds no opposition from parliamentary political parties. The support of the Left Front government to the UAPA amendment marks this consensus. That such an undemocratic and hated legislation finds total support in legislatures, speaks volumes about the state of our political establishment.

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