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Media coverage of civil society consultation meeting with UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo at Imphal

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Regional Press

e-pao.net: UN Special Rapporteur On Violence Against Women Wept With Thangjam Manorama’s Mother

Imphal Free Press: UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women meets woman victims

Hueiyen Lanpao: UN Spl Rapportuer Rashida Manjoo weeps with Manorama’s mother

Hueiyen Lanpao Editorial: The historic visit

Morung Express: UN Special Rapporteur meets Manipur bodies

Imphal Times: UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women wept with Thangjam Manorama’s mother

e-pao.net (source Hueiyen Lanpao): Irom Sharmila, EEVFAM submit memos to Rashida

National Press

Times of India: UN envoy weeps with Manorama’s mother, listens to violence victims

The Telegraph: Manipur’s plight moves UN official – Rashida Manjoo meets rights activists

Webindia 123: UN Special Rapporteur interacts with women victims

The Statesman: Rights violations move UN official

The Hindu: U.N. Special Rapporteur visits Manipur, weeps


Press coverage of CSCHR welcome to UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women

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HUEIYEN LANPAO: UN Special Rapporteur arrives in Imphal

THE IMPHAL FREE PRESS: UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences in Imphal


CSCHR Press Release, 28 April 2013

CIVIL SOCIETY COALITION ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN MANIPUR AND THE UN

 PRESS RELEASE

Imphal, 28th April, 2013

  “UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN SHEDS TEARS WITH THANGJAM MANORAMA’S MOTHER”

UNSRVAW at regional consultation in Imphal

UNSRVAW at regional consultation in Imphal

Ms. Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences (UNSRVAW), held a consultative meeting with civil society organizations, women human rights defenders, victims and other advocates working on violence against women today, Sunday, 28th April at the Classic Hotel in Imphal, Manipur. The meeting was attended by over 200 delegates and family members of women victims of violence from all over the North East region and West Bengal. International organisations, national NGOs, such as International Committee on the Red Cross (ICRC) and Child Rights and You (CRY) also attended the meeting.

Ms Rashida Manjoo accepted an invitation sent on 13th March from the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights in Manipur and the UN (CSCHR) to visit Manipur and the North East region during her mission. 40 (forty) separate depositions were made in the meeting, the largest one convened by the UNSRVAW during her current mission to India. The meeting was moderated by Ms Jarjum Ete, Secretary of the National Alliance of Women (NAWO) and former Chairperson of the Arunachal Pradesh State Women’s Commission.

The first ever formal visit of a distinguished official of the UN with a human rights mandate to Manipur is an historic occasion. The UNSRVAW was formally welcomed by the Convenor of CSCHR, Dr Laifungbam Debabrata Roy. In his welcome address, Dr Laifungbam said, “We place our highest confidence and trust in you today, Madame, as you convene this historic meeting in Imphal. Yesterday, our people remembered the day, 123 years ago, when the independent state of Manipur lost her sovereignty and the Union Jack was unfurled in the holy citadel and fortress of Kangla Pungmayol in Imphal on 27 April 1891. This sovereignty has never been regained till today. In this context, your historic visit is most significant for us in Manipur.”

Introducing her mandate and purpose of her visit to India, Ms Rashida Manjoo said, “The death of a woman is not a new act, but the ultimate act in the continuum of violence in the life of the woman.”

Among the deponents was the mother of the late Miss Thangjam Manorama. Breaking into tears during her testimony, she appealed for justice for her daughter who was brutally tortured and raped by personnel of the Indian paramilitary force, Assam Rifles before she was killed and her dead body abandoned in a field. The Special Rapporteur openly wept with Thangjam Manorama’s mother.

Miss Irom Chanu Sharmila also submitted a hand-written letter to the UNSRVAW. According to reliable sources, the UNSRVAW made continuous attempts to meet Irom Sharmila during her visit to Imphal, but the permission to meet her did not materialize.

CSCHR submitted a comprehensive memorandum to the UNSRVAW. The memorandum, “Manipur: Perils of War and Womanhood” gives detailed information on various forms of violence against women in Manipur, the genesis of its swift escalation since the 50s and included several recommendations.

Giving the Vote of Thanks, Mr Babloo Loitongbam, Executive Director of Human Rights Alert emphasized the significance of her visit, and reiterated the lonely 13 years fast of Irom Chanu Sharmila for the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA). The draconian law which confers wide impunity has no place in a democracy, and it has been widely condemned. Many UN treaty body mechanisms and other Special Rapporteurs (on human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya and on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns) have called for its repeal. He also mentioned that the Justice J.S. Verma Commission had also recently called for its repeal and accountability of Indian armed forces personnel involved in rape and other forms of sexual assault, but these recommendations were ignored by the government of India when it introduced the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2012 in parliament.

Ms Rashida Manjoo, in her closing remarks said that it was not her mandate to comment on the depositions made before her, and that her report will be based on facts. She also said that her opinions and conclusions as an independent expert were hers alone, that these would not be changed or shaped by any influence, whether from government or any others. The UNSRVAW will be holding a national press conference on Wednesday, 1st May 2013 in New Delhi to share her preliminary observations before she concludes her mission.

Dr Laifungbam Debabrata Roy

Convenor


Welcome Address by Convenor at meeting of civil society organisations with UNSRVAW, Ms Rashida Manjoo

Welcome Address by Convenor, CSCHR (Dr Laifungbam Debabrata Roy) at the NE Regional Meeting of Civil Society Organisations and Victims with UN Special Rapporteur of violence against women, its causes and consequences, Ms Rashida Manjoo which commenced at 0900 hrs today (28 April 2013) at Classic Hotel, Imphal.

“A very good morning to everyone here. As the Convenor of the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights in Manipur and the UN, I am extremely honoured and pleased indeed to welcome a most distinguished visitor, guest and friend to Manipur and the North East region.

“Madame Rashida Manjoo, we the peoples of this region and especially the peoples of Manipur warmly welcome you. As the present mandate holder of Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, the coalition particularly acknowledges your magnanimity and response to our invitation to visit our land during your mission to India.

“We place our highest confidence and trust in you today, Madame, as you convene this historic meeting in Imphal. Yesterday, our people remembered the day, 123 years ago, when the independent state of Manipur lost her sovereignty and the Union Jack was unfurled in the holy citadel and fortress of Kangla Pungmayol in Imphal on 27 April 1891. This sovereignty has never been regained till today. In this context, your historic visit is most significant for us in Manipur.

“I also take this opportunity to warmly welcome Madame Jarjum Ete, my friend and colleague from Arunachal Pradesh – leader among our women in the region. Dear Jarjum, we are honoured to have you here this important day. We are grateful for your gracious acceptance to moderate this historic meeting.”


CSCHR’s Press Release on UN Special Rapporteur’s visit to Imphal received wide coverage in the media

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Assam Tribune: UN rapporteur to study crimes on women

NETV: UN Special envoy to visit Manipur, rights activists’ hopeful

Northeast Today: UN Special Envoy to Visit Manipur

The People’s Chronicle: UN Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo arriving on April 28

TwoCircles.net: UN Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo visiting Imphal on April 28

e-pao.net: UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences to visit Imphal

Mizonews: UN human rights official to visit Manipur on April 28

Kanglaonline: UNSR on women visiting India

Imphal Times: Civil bodies and Human Rights activists meets ahead of UN Rapporteur’s visit

Manipur Mail: UN Special Rapporteur arriving on 28

Imphal Free Press: UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women set to arrive in Manipur

The Sangai Express: Rights body to petition UN envoy

Hueiyen Lanpao: UN Spl Rapporteur to arrive on Apr 28 (featured)

 


CSCHR Press Release: UNSRVAW to visit Manipur on 28th April 2013 during her mission to India

Imphal, 20th April, 2013

Ms. Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences (UNSRVAW), who will be on an official mission to India from 22nd April to 1st May, 2013 has scheduled a consultation meeting with civil society organizations, women human rights defenders, victims and other advocates working on violence against women on Sunday, 28th April at Imphal, Manipur.  Ms Rashida Manjoo accepted an invitation sent on 13th March from the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights in Manipur and the UN (CSCHR) to visit Manipur and the North East region during her mission. Civil society organisations and groups including individuals, women human rights defenders and other advocates working on the issue of violence against women and girls in the North East region are preparing for a regional consultation meeting that has been scheduled for 28th April 2013 at Imphal.

The first ever formal visit of a distinguished official of the UN with a human rights mandate to Manipur is an historic occasion. The mandate of the UNSRVAW was established on 4th March 1994 by the UN Commission for Human Rights. This year marks the arrival of the 20th year of the mandate. Ms Rashida Manjoo has a broad three year mandate renewed by the UN Human Rights Council in March 2011 by Resolution 16/7.

The UNSRVAW will address violence against women broadly, focusing on both its causes and consequences according to the mandate. The Special Rapporteur will study the different manifestations of violence against women: 1) in the family (both domestic violence and culturally justified practices that are violent to or subordinate women); 2) in the community (including rape/sexual assault, sexual harassment); 3) violence perpetrated or condoned by the State (institutional violence), and 4) violence in the transnational sphere (violence against immigrant women, asylum seekers and refugees).

Furthermore, in order to have a clearer picture of the issues in India, the Special Rapporteur  will be compiling and studying information on recent analyses or surveys on the situation and forms of violence against women in India; analyses on the criminal or civil provisions that may be applied to cases of violence against women, and whether these are appropriate or sufficient; priority issues/concerns to raise, suggestions for recommendations related to VAW in the public and private spheres, and any recent and concrete cases of violence against women and girls.

 

 


CSCHR convenes a State Level Consultation with civil society organisations of Manipur

We are happy to announce that Ms. Rashida MANJOO, United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences (UNSRVAW) is visiting Imphal on 28 April 2013 as a part of her mission to India from 23 April to 1 May 2013.

This visit is highly significant considering the fact that this is the first time a UN Special Rapporteur is visiting Manipur. In this connection we are holding a State Level Consultation with civil society organisations, groups and individuals working on this issue in preparation of the visit at the following co-ordinates:

Date : 20 April 2013
Time : 11.00 A.M.
Venue : Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul, Imphal

Press Conference at 1:00 P.M.


HISTORIC VISIT: UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACCEPTS CSCHR INVITATION

The UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Ms. Rashida Manjoo, will be conducting an official visit to India from 22 April to 1 May, inclusive. The mandate-holder wishes to meet with civil society organizations, women human rights defenders, victims and other advocates working on violence against women during the course of the visit.

Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences

Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences

CSCHR sent her an invitation on 13th March to visit Manipur. On 16th April, her office at Geneva sent us an email informing us that during her mission, the Special Rapporteur has scheduled a meeting at Imphal, Manipur on Sunday, 28th April at 1300 hrs.

The Special Rapporteur will address violence against women broadly, focusing on both its causes and consequences. The Special Rapporteur will study the different manifestations of violence against women: 1) in the family (both domestic violence and culturally justified practices that are violent to or subordinate women); 2) in the community (including rape/sexual assault, sexual harassment); 3) violence perpetrated or condoned by the State (institutional violence), and 4) violence in the transnational sphere (violence against immigrant women, asylum seekers and refugees).

Furthermore, in preparation for the mission, and in order to have a clearer picture of the issues, the Special Rapporteur invites the following information from any organisation or individual working on the issues of her mandate:

  • recent analyses or surveys on the situation and forms of violence against women in India
  • analyses on the criminal or civil provisions that may be applied to cases of violence against women, and whether these are appropriate or sufficient
  • priority issues/concerns to raise, suggestions for recommendations related to VAW in the public and private spheres
  • any recent and concrete cases of violence against women

You may send the information directly to vaw@ohchr.org.


Memories of a fake encounter: Kh Orsonjit

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Khumbongmayum Ongbi Lata Devi and Khumbongmayum Imo are relieved parents today. “It was bittersweet when we heard that the Supreme Court appointed Commission announced that all the 6 cases of extra judicial killings were all fake. We had said that our son was not shot in an encounter but was picked up and killed,” says an emotional Lata.


CSCHR member EEVFAM writ petition update on fake encounters of Manipur in the Supreme Court of India

CSCHR’s constituent member the Extrajudicial Execution Victims’ Families’ Association Manipur (EEVFAM) filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court of India in late 2012. After the final preliminary hearing of WP (Crl) 129 of 2012, the Court appointed a special high-powered commission of inquiry on 4 January 2013 to investigate 6 cases from a list of 1528 cases submitted by EEVFAM and report back within three months. The commission  headed by the former Lokayukta and retired Supreme Court Justice N Santosh Hegde, which includes the former Chief Election Commissioner, J.M. Lyngdoh, and the former DGP, Karnataka, Ajay Kumar Singh, would also address the larger question of the role of the State police and the security forces and make a report on their functioning within 12 weeks.

Justice N Santosh Hegde, former Lokayukta and retired Justice of the Supreme Court of India

Justice N Santosh Hegde, former Lokayukta and retired Justice of the Supreme Court of India

If it was found that they violated legal bounds, the commission should make its recommendations for keeping the police and security forces within the legal limits without compromising on the fight against insurgency, the Court said. The Supreme Court’s commission completed its investigations on time and submitted its report that all the six cases were faked up encounters. The Court (SC) considered the report in early April and then held a further hearing on 9 April 2013 during which:

1. The Union of India sloughed a further 4 weeks time as the report of the Commission is being discussed at the highest level of the Government in the Home Ministry, Defense Ministry and the Army Head Quarters considering the sensitivity of the matter. The government’s counsel also stated in the Court the Union of India do not consider the matter as an adverse litigation but would also like to ensure that all the guidelines issued by the authorities are implemented on the ground but to work out this mechanism it will take some time. Court granted 4 weeks for the same.

2. The Defence Ministry had also come in as a party to the case, as their interest in also affected.

3.  The counsel of the petitioners Mr. Colin Gonsalves stated that consultations in the government is not going to make any difference, the only way to change the situation in Manipur by instituting an SIT for at least those cases where the prima facie case of fake encounter is established by judicial inquiries and start prosecution of the perpetrators. In this connection the petitioner have submitted a list of 33 such cases.

4. SC has asked the Manipur government to furnish the copies of the report of the Commission of Inquires conducted under the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952 which are not yet made public.

5. SC has also asked the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman to visit Manipur as take action on the very serious Human Rights situation in the State.

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EEVFAM Interim submission Manipur extra