CSCHR convenes a Civil Society Round Table Strategy Meeting on second UPR of India – Community Seminar – on 28 June 2012
CSCHR convenes a Civil Society Round Table Strategy Meeting – a Community Seminar – on 2nd Universal Periodic Review if India on Thursday28 June 2012 at the Conference Hall of Manipur Voluntary Health Association,Wangkhei Ningthem Pukhri Mapal, Imphal, India.
Civil society organisations, women’s organisations, human rights defenders (HRDs), and other organisations such as Loktak Lake Area Fishermen’s Union, etc. of Manipur attended the meeting. In recognition of the solidarity, sacrifice and struggle of the invited organisations and HRDs for the peoples’ human rights and collective rights, to end oppressive policies and laws, in particular the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 and establish peace in our lands and territories, the strategy meeting will particularly decide on a course of action for the next two months to advocate for the key recommendations, relevant to Manipur and the North East region of India, arising from the second review of India at the Human Rights Council to be accepted by the Indian government.
The meeting was Moderated by Mr Phulindro Konsam, Committee on Human Rights Manipur (COHR Manipur).
After Advocate Angomcha Araba of Life Watch warmly welcomed the invited delegations. an introduction of UPR and 2nd Cycle UPR of India, UN Human Rights Council recommendations to India was shared by Dr. Debabrata Roy Laifungbam, Convenor of CSCHR and Convenor of CORE.
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Mr Yumnam Jiten, Citizens Concern for Dams and Development (CCDCD) shared his experience as a Manipur Delegation to 2nd cycle UPR of India, Human Rights Council in Geneva.
CSCHR emphasises that this is the first time that the issue of AFSPA has reached the political arena of the UN debate in a significant way. The recommendation to repeal AFSPA 1958 or review in accordance with the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights has now reached the level of the UN Human Rights Council finally.
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