Dr Binayak Sen is an independant paediatician and world renowned public health specialist in the State of Chhattisgarh. He is the National Vice-President of the Peolples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and General Secretary of its Chhattisgarh unit. He helped organise investigations into alleged human rights violations carried out during operations against the proscribed Maoist political group the Naxalites by another violent movement called Salwa Judum. Dr Sen does not approve of the Maoist Naxalitesbut advocates peaceful negotiations to solve the Naxalite problem. On December 24th 2010 Raipur Sessions Court found Dr Sen guilty of sedition by helping the Naxalites and was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Later in 2011 Dr Sen was released on bail after the Central Indian Court found there was no case to answer.
AWARDS:2004 Paul Harrison Award, 2007 R R KEITH Gold Medal
2008 JONATHAN MANN AWAR, 2011 GWANJU PRIZE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
2011 NEW YORK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, HEINZ PAGELS AWARD
2011 Gandhi Foundation Peace Award
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** At the end of September Binayak Sen sat for his portrait in Raipur. The portrait is included as part of the Black Portraits exhibition **