The Global Manipur Federation (GMF) on Sunday strongly condemned the alleged curbing of residents’ rights at the newly established prefabricated and renovated home for conflict victims located at the Sericulture Training Institute in Kwakta.
A news report in a local news channel on November 3 revealed restrictions on residents’ ability to approach the media, undermining their fundamental right to freedom of expression, the federation stated in a release.
It mentioned that Moirang MLA Shanti, during a visit, promised to address the needs of the home and its residents. Subsequently, a dedicated committee, chaired by the MLA was formed to ensure welfare and requirements of the home, it added.
It also reflected on committee member S Ibungo’s statement that the primary responsibilities of the committee would include overseeing and facilitating various aspects of the home’s operations, including attending to medical needs, providing transportation services for children to schools, and enhancing security arrangements.
GMF welcomes the measures, which are essential for providing a safe and nurturing environment for the residents, however, it is appalled to learn of the alleged restriction on residents’ rights to voice their concerns, share their stories, and communicate with the media, it said. It asserted that such restrictions raise serious concerns about transparency, accountability, and the protection of human rights.
GMF is also troubled by the use of the term ‘inmate’ to describe the residents, adding that it can be stigmatising and dehumanising, contravening the principles of dignity and respect for all individuals, regardless of their circumstances. It further urged everyone involved to talk openly and respectfully to protect the rights and dignity of the residents while also taking care of the home’s needs and safety.