Freed Hunger Striker Continues Protest

After 14 years behind bars for fighting what many around the world consider an unjust law, Human Rights Activist and Hunger Striker, Irom Sharmila, is now free.

In November 2000, Human Rights Activist, Irom Sharmila (featured in a Why Democracy documentary film, “My Body, My Weapon”), set out on a hunger strike in an effort to challenge the 1958 Armed Forces (Special Forces) Act, an act that allows the Indian government to arrest, shoot and kill anyone under suspicion. In the eyes of Special Forces, Sharmila’s hunger strike was seen as an attempted suicide. Under Indian law, suicide attempts are a punishable offence and Sharmila was subsequently arrested for her stance.

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