[WSMDiscuss] Fwd: [Secular Perspective] Fwd: Email Invite - Celebrating the Life and Contribution of Justice Hosbet Suresh : A condolence meeting organised by Friends and Civil Society on 15th June 2020, 6 p.m. onwards on Zoom

Ashish Kothari ashishkothari at riseup.net
Sun Jun 14 08:55:12 CEST 2020

Friends, in honour of one of the bravest and outspoken judges of India 
in recent times.

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Subject: 	[Secular Perspective] Fwd: Email Invite - Celebrating the Life 
and Contribution of Justice Hosbet Suresh : A condolence meeting 
organised by Friends and Civil Society on 15th June 2020, 6 p.m. onwards 
on Zoom
Date: 	Sat, 13 Jun 2020 20:13:32 +0530
From: 	Irfan Engineer <irfanengi at gmail.com>
Reply-To: 	irfanengi at gmail.com
To: 	Secular Perspective <secularperspective at googlegroups.com>







/(20/7/1929 - 11/06/2020)/


/A fearless human rights defender, a dear friend of the movements/**


15^th June 2020, 6 p.m. onwards on ZOOM (Online meet – details below)

On 11^th June 2020, the civil rights movement in India lost one of its 
bravest defender and champion of human rights, our beloved Justice 
Hosbet Suresh, at the age of 91. Justice Suresh’s unwavering commitment 
to justice and contribution to human rights jurisprudence in the country 
requires no introduction. Following the tradition of judicial activism 
like his mentor Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, Justice Suresh displayed 
resolute courage and conviction towards the rights of the people and 
social justice. Post his retirement, he was part of several public 
hearings, fact finding committees, commissions and tribunals on a 
variety of serious human rights violations against the most marginalized 
sections of society. While the list is endless and formidable, his name 
being synonymous with independent investigations through public inquiry 
process, he led critical inquisitions into the Kaveri Riots, Bombay 
Riots 1992, forced evictions of slum dwellers in Mumbai in 1995, caste 
atrocities in Chennai in 2000, 2002 Gujarat genocide, police killings of 
Dalits in Thambiraparani, shooting of tribals in Devas, Madhya Pradesh, 
food scarcity and militarisation in Mynamar and many others. Even with 
his failing health in the last few years, Justice Suresh continued to 
participate in public hearings, press conferences and was vocal in his 
support to incarcerated defenders and victims of communal violence.

He was a firm believer in constitutional freedoms and protest advocacy. 
He was a friend of the movements and a formidable strength to people’s 
struggles, most comfortable in the grassroots than air-conditioned 
halls. He has mentored hundreds of human rights defenders, judges, 
lawyers, and students, and inspired a generation of activists and 
struggles. He touched upon the lives of all he met, especially the most 
downtrodden sections of society for whom he lived. But most importantly, 
inspite of his stature, his humility was unmatched. He was without doubt 
the most approachable and grounded activist in the legal fraternity, as 
a result of which there is hardly any progressive movement or civil 
society group that he has not collaborated with. With the loss of 
Justice Suresh, there is no doubt that an era of judicial activism has 
sadly ended.

We offer our deepest condolences to his family, who unflinchingly 
supported him in his journey. While we are still trying to process this 
momentous loss, the current situation of restrictions has rendered us 
unable to even grieve together in person. But this not a loss one can 
bear alone. We invite all friends, supporters and admirers to join us in 
this online condolence meeting to pay our tributes to Justice Suresh, a 
true defender of rights and legal luminary, and to honour his memory.

*Date :*15^th June 2020

*Time : *6 p.m. onwards


*JOIN Zoom Meeting here -*


*Meeting ID : *816 1259 9292

*Password : *566303

*Co-Organised by :*

Centre for Study of Society and Secularism

Citizens for Justice and Peace

Human Rights Law Network

Lawyers Collective


People's Watch

People's Union for Civil Liberties

All India Network of NGOs and Individuals working with National and 
Human Rights Institutions


Bhavnagar Jilla Gram Bachao Samiti, Mithivirdi

Coastal Action Network, Tamil Nadu

Concerned Citizens for Democracy

Forum Against Oppression of Women

Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan

Habitat and Livelihood Welfare Association

Human Rights Defenders Alert - India

Institute of Human Rights Education

Jan Swasthya Abhiyan - Mumbai

Justice Coalition of Religious, Maharashtra

Lokraj Sangathan

National Alliance of People's Movements

NCHRO Goa Unit

Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti


Working Group of Human Rights in India

UN (WGHR) *and others*

*Irfan Engineer*
Centre for Study of Society and Secularism
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