Kids Sensitized To Ugly Reality Of AFSPA

IMPHAL, May 22: As part of the nationwide campaign for the repeal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Just Peace Foundation organized a children’s parliament at Hotel Imphal today. Former Member of Manipur Human Rights Commission, Yambem Laba, who was the Speaker of the parliament, recommended the repeal of the controversial Act at the end of the discussion observing that AFSPA is no more...

Academic Approach Adopted

IMPHAL, May 18: A joint educational research team from the Centre for Human Rights Duties Education and the Human Rights Department of Manipur University today visited the Imphal Central Jail, where the arrested agitating street vendors are being lodged, to take stock of their present condition. Around 25 women street vendors have been arrested and lodged in the Central Jail following their protest...

Plebiscite Call Echoes In Kangchup Chiru

IMPHAL, May 15: Continuing the campaign for holding plebiscite as the only means for resolving the existing Manipur–India conflict, a public meeting was held at the community hall of Kangchup Chiru village today. Organized under the aegis of Kangchup Chiru Women Development Society, the meeting held under the theme of ‘Manipur-India conflict and its resolution through public participation’...

Street Vendors’ Plight Concerns MU

MU students noting down grievances of women vendors at the new Lamphel market complex. Image Credit: Sangai Photo IMPHAL, May 14:  In the light of alleged difficulties thrust upon the street vendors on account of develop- mental activities taken up by the State Government at public places including Imphal city, steps have been taken up from today for con-ducting a detailed study on possible violation...

NGOs To Launch Anti-AFSPA Campaigns

IMPHAL, May 11: Even as the All Assam Shramik Krishak Kalyan Parishad (AASKKP) has launched anti-AFSPA campaigns at different locations of the North East region, People’s Union of Civil Liberty (PUCL) and National Alliance of People’s Movement (NAPM) are set to conduct a series of campaigns against the controversial Act in different parts of India from May 22 till August 18. Armed Forces Special...

Meet Renews Plebiscite Demand

IMPHAL, May 7: Once again a public meeting held at Nachou has resolved that people should be taken into confidence while resolving the Indo-Manipur conflict and a plebiscite should be conducted so that people can participate fully in the process. The meeting held at Gurumayum Mandop, Nachou under the aegis of Nachou Sports Development Association further resolved to send all these resolutions to the...

Which First—Peace Or Development? Justice First!

Which first, “Peace” or “Development”?—has been a very purposeful and fundamental question in the conflict and violence ridden Manipur. The argument goes… When peace is in its best position, development will flourish, or in the absence of development, peace has no chance. The contextual understanding of development in the question though mainly concerned with the constructional activities...

Press Release: Christian Council Welcomes Manipur Government’s Appointment Of Christian Member In Minority Commission

All India Christian Council Delhi Office: RZ 61, 4th Floor, Palam Vihar, Dwarka, New Delhi 110075. Tel 25084561 Press Release Christian Council Welcomes Manipur Government’s Appointment of Christian Member in Minority Commission Imphal, April 21, 2011, All India Christian Council (aicc) welcomes Manipur government’s appoint of a Christian member representative in the state minority commission....

Khaidem Mani Lambasts Central Government

IMPHAL, Apr 18: Noted human rights activist Khaidem Mani has lambasted New Delhi accusing the latter of meting out step-motherly treatment on the North East people. Driving home his point, Khaidem Mani said when social activist Anna Hazare fasted for few days the Government of India comfortably obliged to acknowledge the activist’s agitation. “However, Irom Sharmila from Manipur resorting...

NPMHR Recalls Oinam, Mao Incidents

Naga youths participate in the 'caravan of anguish' demonstration at the Senapati Distric Headquarters. Image Credit: Sangai Photo IMPHAL, Apr 16: The Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) kick-started the “Remembering Oinam 1987 and Mao Gate 2010” today at Senapati (Tahamzam) by taking out a “Caravan of Anguish”. In the infamous “Operation Blue Bird”, Assam Rifles murdered...

Plebiscite Demand Pitch Picks Up

IMPHAL, Apr 15: Plebiscite is a voting system accepted by United Nations Organization (UNO) for generating public opinion, Advocate Angomcha Araba has stated. Speaking as one of the resource persons in a discussion session held on the theme of ‘Manipur–India conflict and its resolution through public participation’ at Khongnangpokpi village under Senapati district today, Advocate Araba said...

Pawns In Conflict Zones

In conflict areas such as Manipur, civil society is transformed into an extension of the conflict zone, with each conflicting party setting up its own ‘civil society’ proxies — including student wings, women’s wings and civil rights campaigns. Pradip Phanjoubam reports Imager Credit: Infochange News & Features The debate on who or what should constitute ‘civil society’ gets...

Bodies Condemn Roger’s Killing

IMPHAL, Mar 30: Different bodies have condemned the killing of Irom Roger of Wangkhei Angom Leikai in an incident in which Minister N Biren’s son N Ajay was involved. Decrying the incident, Committee on Human Rights (COHR) Manipur expressed serious concern over misuse of power by VIPs/MLAs and their kins and relatives. In a press release, COHR said that at a time when people in the State are facing...