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MSHRC calls for international effort to ratify Anti Torture convention

Imphal, April 20 2009: The Manipur State Human Rights Commission (MSHRC) has called upon countries of South Asia/Asia to urge upon the Government to ratify Anti-Torture Convention. Addressing a conference of NHRIs of South Asian Countries on Human Rights Awareness and National Capacity Building held at New Delhi from April 16 to 18 under the aegis of the National Human Rights Commission , India, MSHRC member Ng Nongyai decried the failure of the Government of India to comply with the UN obligation to repeal Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958 from Manipur despite the recommendation of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination towards this end.
Nongyai emphasised on the need to amend Article 19 of the 1993 National Human Rights Protection Act to terminate impunity.

He also urged upon South Asian/Asian countries to sign 1998 ICC Rome Treaty.

Nongyai further highlighted the crucial necessity to form Asian Union/Asia Human Rights Commission.

He asserted that the UN and the South Asian/Asian community should work to eliminate with a firm resolve the extra-judicial executions and involuntary disappearances which have become a daily affair in Manipur, conveyed a press release.

Source: The Sangai Express

Stop Loktak Ops: US rights group

Imphal, April 18 2009: US-based human rights group Land is Life has appealed to the Government of India to stop the violence against indigenous people at Loktak lake in Manipur and provide immediate humanitarian assistance for the refugees created by the ongoing Operation Summer Storm of the Indian Army.

According to director of Land is Life Brian Keane, the indigenous people of North East India deserves better life and called on the security forces to immediately stop the official violence and human rights violation of the indigenous women, men and children in Manipur.

The message was conveyed through the Threatened Indigenous People’s Society (TIPS) .

“We call on the Government of India to abide by International human rights laws and the UN Declaration on th Rights of Indigenous Peoples to protect the health, safety and dignity of he peaceful Meetei people at Loktak lane and throughout Manipur’, Keane said.

It may be noted here that Land is Life is an indigenous-led grassroots organisations that is active in the International struggle to promote and protect the rights of indigenous peoples.

Source: The Sangai Express