in Manipur and the United Nations

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.”

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