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.
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.