CSCHR submits report on state human rights scenario
IMPHAL| Jan 13
The Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights in Manipur and UN (CSCHR Manipur) has announced that it has submitted a report entitled, “Broken Promises and Abdicated Obligations” on the status of human rights in Manipur to the UN Human Rights Council for consideration during the examination of India in the third Universal Periodic Review on the May 4, 2017.
The report was submitted to the Council on September 22, 2016.
The report focused on the continuous like civil and political rights violations such as denial of rights to self determination; security laws/ apparatus and militarisation; gross violations under de facto state of emergency; impact of militarisation; movement for a plebiscite; political prisoners, indigenous peoples and development aggression, demographic challenge and resistance, said Dr Laifungbam Debabrata Roy, Convenor CSCHR Manipur while launching the submitted report during a press conference at Manipur Press Club today.
While spelling out a summary of the report he said the report sought Human Rights Council’s attention on the continuous people’s movement for the right to self-determination in India since its merger with the Indian union in 1949 in conditions that violated international law.
Describing the serious situation prevailing in Manipur, the CSCHR report sought the Human Rights Council’s attention on serious violations of civil and political rights under a repressive de facto military regime and state of emergency that has existed from the 50s, he stated.
CSCHR also informed the UN about the serious challenges confronting the indigenous peoples of Manipur today due to the state sponsored infusion of outsiders and migrants into Manipur that has dangerous implications to the survival of the native inhabitants, and has also led to lad alienation, economic subjugation, political repression, irreparable injury to indigenous culture and tradition, conflicts and violence.
It also consisted 14 points recommendations highlighting that Government of India to respect the Manipur peoples’ right to self-determination as per the General Assembly Resolution 1514, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples and seek a political solution to the ongoing armed conflict in Manipur.
It recommended GOI should repeal Armed Forces (Special Powers) act, 1958 as recommended by previous UPR Working Group, Human Rights Committee, Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights, Committee on Elimination on Racial Discrimination, Committee on the Elimination of all forms of discrimination Against Women as well as the Special Rapporteurs on Human Rights Defender, Summary, Arbitrary and Extra-judicial Executions, Violence Against Women, etc.
Other recommendations include GOI to repeal other security legislations and counter terrorism measures such as the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967, National Security act, 1980.
Recommended GOD to promptly investigate and prosecute all India security forces involved in gross human rights violations and so on.
Meanwhile Human Rights activist Babloo Loitongbam, reacting on Governments failure in resolving the issue on the ongoing economic blockade imposed along the national highways of Manipur said that CSCHR is under procedure to draw UN Responsibility to Protection (R2P).
He further said CSCHR strongly condemn alleged torture on UNC leader Gaidon Kamei at the Joint Interrogation Cell (JIC) on November 28 last year.
Any form of torture is human rights violation, he maintained.
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