The Human Rights Alert (HRA), Manipur International Youth Centre (MIYC), Manipur Solidarity on United Nations (MSUN), Nupi Union for Peace and Integrity (NUPI) and Women’s United Development Organisation Manipur (WUDOMAN) have submitted a memorandum to the President of India, Droupadi Murmu on Saturday, appealing to set up a ‘National Committee to Prevent Genocide’ in India.
The memorandum submitted to the president signed by the CSOs representing the victimised communities of Manipur urged to immediately set up the committee in order to effectively implement the Genocide Convention, as done by other state parties to the Convention.
The memorandum mentions the spiralling ethnic violence in Manipur since May 3, 2023 where more than 200 persons were killed and more than 70,000 displaced.
The landmark 75th anniversary this year of the Genocide Convention remains highly relevant and the mass extrajudicial execution of 13 Meitei people in Tengnoupal district this week itself on December 4, 2023 is an indication that the genocide prevention effort of the Government of India has totally failed in the last seven months of escalating violence, it stated. It is the responsibility of the Indian State to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing, it added.