in Manipur and the United Nations

STATE LEVEL CONVENTION ON UN RESPONSE TO AFSPA AND RELATED ISSUES: CONCLUSIONS AND RESOLUTIONS

STATE LEVEL CONVENTION ON UN RESPONSE TO AFSPA AND RELATED ISSUES

The State Level Convention on UN response to AFSPA and related issues organised by the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights in Manipur and the UN, held on 6th April 2012 at Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul, Imphal, Manipur thoroughly discussed the recent developments arising from visits to India of:

1. The Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, Mrs. Margaret Sekaggya and her final report at the 19th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council on 5th March 2012; and
2. The Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Mr. Christof Heyns and his general comments, conclusions and preliminary recommendations on 30th March 2012.

The delegates of the Convention:

1. Warmly welcome the general comments, conclusions and preliminary recommendations of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Mr. Christof Heyns;
2. Warmly welcome the final report of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, Mrs. Margaret Sekaggya and her final report;
3. Takes note of the remarks made by the Union Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. P. Chidambaram during his monthly report on 31st March 2012;
4. Strongly reiterate and support the stand of the people of Manipur for the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) of 1958;
5. Warmly applaud the 11 years long struggle of Nura Temsingnabi Irom Chanu Sharmila for the repeal of AFSPA 1958 and to end the summary and/or arbitrary killings in Manipur;
6. Conclude that the situation in Manipur arises from the Manipur people’s struggle for their right to self-determination, endorsed by the Human Rights Committee in 1997 and also by the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders;
7. Conclude further that a situation of armed conflict existed in Manipur since the 50s, and that international humanitarian law is applicable to this situation, which is also supported by the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions;
8. Also recognise that the Manipur peoples’ movement for self-determination and human rights continues to this day with the inclusion of all the people and this movement needs to be strengthened further;

Hereby unanimously resolve:

1. To further the Peoples’ Campaign to Repeal the AFSPA 1958 by fully supporting the organisation of a Manipur National Convention to consider the present situation of armed conflict and international human rights and humanitarian law violations in Manipur, and take up necessary steps and actions to Repeal AFSPA 1958 and advance the agenda for a peaceful political solution to the situation;
2. To urgently compile and publish the relevant recent documents relating to the UN officials’ visits to the North East region of India to further the People’s Campaign.

Signed/

(Dr Debabrata Roy Laifungbam)
Convenor
Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights in Manipur and the UN

6 April 2012
Imphal

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Conclusion and Resolution, One-Day Convention

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