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The life imprisonment of Dr Binayak Sen

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d262 (Published 19 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d262

It's dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. (Voltaire)

Sadly, the 21st century has seen a spate of state-sponsored sadistic
schemes to incarcerate great human rights activists, thus suggesting that
these states callously regard their citizens as serfs and slaves. To quote
Lord Acton, "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Competing interests: No competing interests

20 January 2011
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA