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Archive for May, 2012

Draft Report of the Working Group on UPR of India released

CSCHR is pleased to share the draft report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review of India during its 13th session in UN, Geneva. The report includes several important recommendations that address the questions of impunity, Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958, human rights defenders, accountability of Indian security forces in human rights violations, implementation of UN Treaty Bodies’ recommendations to India, implementation of the recommendations of the Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders during her visit to India, discrimination, strengthening the scope of National Human Rights Institutions, etc.

Draft Report of WG on UPR of India

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Indigenous Meitei boy summarily killed by Manipur Police

(Family of late Ahanthem Amujao at their home in Manipur in Sawombung; his mother is seated on the left with his youngest sister Sonia and his aunt Ito who filed the police complaint is standing at the doorway; his grandmother is seated far right/photo: CORE)

Ahanthem Amujao also called Suranjoy, a sixteen year old boy, from Sawombung Gate Maning Leikai was reportedly shot dead in an ‘encounter’ with Manipur Police Commandos at Khuman Palli, Imphal West District at the outskirts of Imphal City on January 29, 2012. The police had informed that Amujao was killed in an encounter between a team of Imphal West Commandos and three UGs at Khuman Lampak Palli on January 29 and that two of Amujao’s accomplices had escaped while he was gunned down at the spot. The police had never disclosed to which UG (‘underground’, a popular acronym for non-state armed groups operating in Manipur) organisation Amujao belongs nor has the exact location of the ‘encounter’ been identified by an inquest.

Amujao’s family and neighbours of his locality (Leikai) claimed that it was a ‘fake encounter’ since the body of the deceased bore marks of torture as his rights arm and left hand were twisted and badly fractured. Autopsy was carried out on the 31 January, 2012 at RIMS, Lamphelpat but the report has been denied to the family.

Amujao comes from an extremely poor family, and he had to drop out of school after Class V because his parents could no longer afford to pay his school-fees. He is the eldest of the six children of Basanta and Tampha. He began to work as a daily wage unskilled labourer two years ago to help his family, and at the time of his death he was a mason’s assistant. According to his mother, Amujao used to support his younger siblings.

Amujao’s aunty, Ito, filed a complaint to the Director General of Police (Manipur) on 3rd April 2012 with copies to the Minister of Home Affairs, the Chief Secretary, Govt of Manipur. Another complaint was filed by the Convenor of CSCHR to the Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), New Delhi and the Chairperson, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), New Delhi.

Following the complaint, nothing has been done by the Government regarding the unnatural and sudden death of (L) Ahanthem Amujao. The NCPCR wrote a letter to the government of Manipur inquiring into the complaint received but did not get a reply. Taking the matter as very serious, the Commission decided to conduct an investigation.

The five-member NCPCR team led by the Chairperson, Prof. Shantha Sinha visited the State from 18-20 May, 2012 to investigate into the matter.

Click the link below to see “Commandos scalp UG suspect” (Sangai Express/January 29, 2012)

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Click the link below to read “Sawombung locals contradict police claim of encounter death” (Sangai Express/January,31, 2012)

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Click the link below to see the Imphal Free Press Headlines (May 21, 2012)/NCPCR meets CM, HM

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CSCHR facilitates NGOs consultation with National Child Rights Commission

An NGOs Consultation with the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), North East Cell, facilitated by the Civil Societies Coalition on Human Rights in Manipur and the UN (CSCHR) was held on Friday, 18th May 2012 at Hotel Imphal in Manipur.

Representatives of NGOs including members of the Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) of Chandel, Tamenglong, Ukhrul and Imphal West and Imphal East discussed related issues of protection of children in ‘disturbed’ areas or armed conflict situations.
CSCHR also submitted a petition regarding 92 documented cases of extrajudicial executions of children in Manipur from 1979 till 6th Feb. 2012 with a prayer to the Commission to take up urgent steps regarding these cases for the end of justice.
In an unprecedented step, for the first time, a team of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), North East Cell led by the Chairperson Prof. Shantha Sinha and accompanied by Dr. L. Mishra, Special Adviser (North East Cell) NCPCR; Shri D.R. Kaarthikeyan, former Director, CBI and DG, NHRC; Shri Ajay Kumar, Project Coordinator (RTE) NCPCR; Shri Sanjay Kumar Tiwari, Sr. Consultant, NCPCR and Shri Santosh Chakma, Consultant, Asian Centre for Human Rights visited Imphal from the 18th to the 20th May, 2012 to investigate into the alleged encounter killings of children in Imphal West District Manipur.
The NCPCR investigating team’s visit was in response to a complaint made by the Centre for Organisation Research and Education (CORE), Manipur regarding the alleged extra judicial execution of Master (L) Ahanthem Amujao, a 16 years old boy of Sawombung at Khuman Palli, Imphal West by the officers of the Manipur Police, Imphal West Commandos.

NCPCR holding a hearing at Imphal on 18 May 2012

The team conducted a formal hearing at the Hotel Imphal on Friday, 18th May, 2012 and met with the family members and other witnesses of Master (L) Ahanthem Amujao. During the hearing the NCPCR also took up the case of Master Sonkhopao Mate, a 16 year old boy from Chandel district who was allegedly tortured by Assam Rifles.

Issues regarding extrajudicial executions of children in Manipur

NOTES from HRA presentation_NGOs Consultation_NCPCR 180512