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ANGOLA-Not by Elections Alone

on the issue of human rights. Though formally organised in the Left Front's name; the seminar was primarily a CPl(M) affair. The chairperson, an academic, and another prominent CPI personality apart, almost all other speakers at the seminar belonged to the CPI(M). The Congress(l), however, was represented by a lawyer-MR The crime for which the APDR (Association for the Protection of Democratic Rights) activists were pounced upon was that they had interrupted the proceedings by raising the inconvenient question of the Left Front government's human rights record. Their moral authority to do so cannot be really questioned. This organisation was banned by the Indira Gandhi government during the Emergency. Since the withdrawal of the proscription, the APDR has been consistently fighting for the punishment of these guilty of violating human rights during the Emergency (some of whom have been instead promoted by the Left Front government) and of course denouncing similar lapses on the part of the Left Front government. It has even secured some significant successes in its legal battles on these scores.

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