CSCHR MEETS THE PRESS ON EXTRA-JUDICIAL EXECUTIONS IN MANIPUR
CSCHR held a press conference today (21 February 2013) at the Manipur Press Club in Imphal and expressed its concerns regarding the mode and style of functioning of the independent Inquiry Commission appointed by the Supreme Court of India on 4 January 2013. A Memorandum was submitted to the Commission and the Chief Justice of India, Justice Altamas Kabir on 18 February 2013. The issues of concern included :
1. An undated Public Notice published in one local vernacular daily newspaper and one English language daily newspaper only on 9 February 2013 inviting sworn affidavits in English, with three extra copies, to be submitted to its office established at the Manipur Bhavan in New Delhi within 10 days of its publication is deficient and objectionable, and having no precedence in the history of Inquiry Commissions in Manipur.
2. The undated Public Notice gives no contact details of this office except a postal address. No office is set up in Manipur where the terms of this Commission are to be met, its business conducted and where the alleged extra-judicial executions took place. With no office established yet in Manipur, what are the plans and schedules of the Commission in this State and where will the aggrieved families, witnesses and other interested parties meet the Commission when it visits Imphal on 1 March 2013 as reported?
3. Despite the Supreme Court’s directive, the Central and Manipur governments have not extended diligent necessary manpower and secretarial assistance to the Inquiry Commission after more than a month of its establishment.
4. The full Terms of Reference of this Inquiry Commission has not been made known to the public.
5. There are no mechanisms established for witness protection or safety. No confidentiality procedures have been established.
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