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Interim Fact Finding Report on Assam Violence and Refugee Life PDF Print E-mail
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Toaday (30.11.2012) at 10 am at Press Club at Guwahati, capital of Assam the Fact Finding Interim Report was released:

Following the news reports about the second phase of violence and the continuance of the IDP camps for over five months in the BTAD areas, a team of National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations (NCHRO) visited the places and met the affected people, some authorities and concerned citizens with a view to collect the facts regarding. The team, consisting of NCHRO National Secretary Reny Ayline, Executive Members Prof. A. Marx, G.Sugumaran and Assam State Committee Member Advocate Ansarul Hoque visited at least 14 camps in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts in BTAD areas. The team met the IDPs there, took stock of the real conditions of the camps, both recognized and unrecognized. The team also met the Gossaigaon SDO Vinod Seshan IAS, the Bijni Police Station OC Aditya Deori, Goalpara MLA Monowar Hussain and some Intellectuals, academicians and HR activists from various social groups.

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Kashmir leader blames Indian policy PDF Print E-mail
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Srinagar, Oct 19 (ANI): Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the Chairman of the hardline faction of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), on Monday alleged that India is following policies of Israel and trying to change the demography of the Himalayan region. Addressing reporters here, Geelani accused India of occupying agricultural land for setting up army camps there.

“India is following footsteps of Israel and trying to convert majority community into minority. Locals have been deprived of their lands. Deforestation is taking place. India is trying to change the demography of the region,” said Geelani.He also pointed out that tens of thousands acres of lands have been occupied by Indian forces for their camps and headquarters.

Geelani added that Hurriyat would hold strike and shutdown to protest against illegal occupation of Indian army. “We will observe a shutdown and protest in every district, including the northern and southern region of the valley,” he said.

Geelani also informed Shopian town would observe the first shutdown on October 23. Asiya (17) and her sister-in-law Neelofar (22) were raped and killed in Shopian during the intervening night of May 29-30.

After the news conference, Hurriyat supporters tried to hold a demonstration before the police prevented them. Police also arrested several people for breaking law and order. (ANI)

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PUDR statement condemning Francis Induwar’s death PDF Print E-mail
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People’s Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi (PUDR) unequivocally condemns the gruesome killing of Inspector Francis Induwar by the Maoists in Jharkhand. PUDR has consistently maintained that neither civilians nor captives should ever be subjected to torture or to cause death. Once any person is taken into custody, by any warring side, it becomes the bounden responsibility of the captors to ensure safety of the person in their custody.

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India to buy cluster bombs worth $375 Million? PDF Print E-mail
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Cluster bombsThe cluster bomb producer, Textron is in the final stages of reaching a deal with India for 510 of the weapons at an estimated cost of $375 million, reports Boston Globe journalist,  Bryan Bender.  The Sensor Fuzed Weapon is designed to spray 40 individual projectiles of molten copper, destroying enemy tanks across a 30-acre swath of battlefield. But the bomb - which is made at a Textron facility in the Boston suburb of Wilmington - violates terms of a landmark international treaty limiting cluster bombs to 10 bomblets or less. The pending treaty, signed by 98 nations last year in Oslo, has been sought for decades by human rights groups, which say that cluster bombs kill indiscriminately and leave behind duds that kill or maim unsuspecting civilians.

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India Israel missile project worth Rs10,000 crore PDF Print E-mail
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New Delhi: India and Israel will jointly develop a medium-range surface-to-air missile (MR-SAM) in a bid to counter emerging and existing threats to cities and important installations in their countries from enemy aircraft and missiles.

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