Indian freedom of expression activist and cartoonist Aseem Trivedi has been imprisoned, threated, and harassed for his cartoons denouncing corruption and censorship in India. The leading human rights campaigner with join Front Line Defenders and Queen's University Belfast to talk about art, censorship, activism, and human rights in India and beyond.
Aseem Trivedi played a leading role in India's 2010 anti-corruption movement with his "Cartoons Against Corruption" series, for which the government suspended Aseem's website and charged him with sedition, breaching the IT act, and "insulting" national symbols. After spending three days in prison, Aseem launched the Save Your Voice campaign against the IT rules being used to target him and other activists, and went on hunger-strike demanding they be repealed. In 2015, following years of peaceful activism, India's Supreme Court struck down the IT rules Aseem was once imprisoned under. Later that year, he created a comic magazine dedicated to telling the stories of human rights defenders at risk around the world. Today, while the sedition and IT charges have been dropped, Aseem still faces up to three years in prison for "insulting" the government through his art.
Front Line Defenders is an Irish organisation providing rapid and practical support to human rights defenders at risk. Founded in Dublin in 2001, Front Line Defenders conducts advocacy, security trainings, emergency grants and campaigning on behalf of at-risk human rights defenders around the world.
The Human Rights Centre at QUB aims to support human rights in the local and global community. Founded in 1990, we aim to support academic and human rights organisations in the promotion of human rights.