The human torch and AFSPA

One may call it sheer coincidence or perfect synchronization. Whereas the State of Manipur has been commemorating the painful but heroic death of Pebam Chittaranjan, then just 28 year old who self immolated demanding complete repeal of the infamous Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act or AFSPA 1958 from Manipur, there is a news report which […]

Assam, Manipur can now decide on AFSPA

Home Ministry to give up its power The Union Home Ministry is set to give up its power to impose the ‘disturbed areas’ tag on Assam and Manipur, both ruled by the BJP. The move effectively means it will be the States’ decision to either continue the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) or revoke […]

Merit of having a strong Opposition : Cong MLAs striving hard

From 11 am to 11.50 pm and this is a clear reflection of a strong Opposition at work. Perhaps this was the first time that the Assembly session stretched on for 12 hours on August 1, throw in the one hour of lunch break, and this underlines the point that the Opposition is not ready […]

Demand in Parliament for repeal of AFSPA in North East

New Delhi, July 23 2017: A demand was made in the Lok Sabha yesterday by a Congress member for repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) from North Eastern States like Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland . Congress member Ninog Ering also took a dig at the Government for its “agreement” with NSCN(I-M) militant […]

NEFIS welcomes Supreme Court Order directing CBI to conduct Investigation into cases of extra-judicial killings!

NEFIS Welcomes Supreme Court Order Directing CBI To Conduct Investigation Into Cases Of Extra-Judicial Killings! Stand Of Democratic Movement Against Afspa Vindicated! Scrapping Of Afspa By Central Govt. Next Logical Move! North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) welcomes the order of Supreme Court directing Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct inquiry into the cases of […]

Militarising a place of learning AR camp in MU campus

Giving a new dimension to the understanding of militarising a place, to borrow a phrase which has been used extensively by some Naga student organisations and Naga civil society organisations. How else does one explain the rationale of opening an Assam Rifles camp plumb inside the campus of Manipur University ? Take note, the Assam […]

Court orders OC to register FIR against CO of 34 AR

Imphal, June 12 2017: Judicial Magistrate First Class, Imphal West I, Alek Muivah has directed the OC of Sekmai police station to register an FIR against the Commanding Officer of 34th Assam Rifles and other personnel involved in the brutal torture of an alleged PREPAK (Pro) cadre and to submit the action taken report on […]

No surrender

The BJP-led coalition government in Manipur has extended the Disturbed Area Act for another six months paving the way for the extension of the promulgation of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act, AFSPA. Nobody expected anything other than this. This has been the routine since the time the Act first came into existence in […]

Assam: Centre declares entire Assam as ‘disturbed’ area under AFSPA for three more months

The entire state of Assam has been declared as a disturbed area under the controversial AFSPA for three more months. The Centre has declared the entire Assam as a “disturbed” area under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act — the AFSPA — for three more months, citing various violent activities by insurgent groups ULFA, NDFB […]

India Comes in the Line of Fire at UNHRC Over Rights Record, Racism

In his opening remarks, attorney general Mukul Rohatgi said India was a secular state with no religion and that the constitution protects the rights of minorities. New Delhi: India faced questions about its human rights records from over 100 countries, ranging from attacks on Africans to restrictions on foreign funding of NGOs, even as it […]

SC upholds order against use of excessive force by army in Manipur

New Delhi, Apr 27 :In a huge setback to the Centre, the Supreme Court has re-affirmed its July 2016 order that the army or the Manipur police had violated human rights by killing innocent people in the guise of encounter of militants. The Court in its order had held that the army cannot use excessive […]

Sorting Through the Paper Trail of Fake Encounters in Manipur

At the Supreme Court’s asking, a rights group in Manipur is sorting through files pertaining to over 1,528 victims of alleged extra-judicial killings to place before the judges. Imphal (Manipur): What do 1,528 dead bodies look like? Three filing cabinets. In a dimly lit, dusty room in Manipur’s capital, thousands of files sit, marked or […]

Curses come home to roost

Sometime in 2010, three former cadres of the Manipur’s People’s Liberation Army were “recruited” by 3 Corps of the Indian Army based at Rangapahar near Dimapur (Nagaland), under its intelligence and surveillance unit that reports to its General Officer Commanding. The three had apparently been used by this “cloak and dagger” unit for activities that […]

Recall Order Against Immunity for Soldiers in Manipur, Centre Asks Supreme Court

The government said the judgment had hampered the army’s ability to respond to insurgent and terrorist situations. New Delhi: The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Centre’s curative petition seeking to recall the July 2016 order holding that the army or the Manipur police cannot use excessive force under the provisions of the Armed […]

Centre moves SC against verdict negating protection to armed forces

New Delhi, Apr 12 :The Centre today told the Supreme Court that its verdict in the alleged extra-judicial killings case in Manipur has “negated” the protection available to the armed forces under the AFSPA during anti-militancy operations. In a curative petition seeking recall of the verdict of July 8 last year as well as the […]

First real test of BJP led Govt Studying stand of ANSAM

This is perhaps the first real test of the BJP led Government. In asserting that they are against any attempt to militarise tribal areas in the State, the All Naga Students’s Association is delivering a damning statement on how the State security personnel, particularly the police commandos, have earned notoriety of being a trigger happy […]

A defeat foretold

No one doubts Irom Sharmila’s heroic resistance to AFSPA. But somewhere, she lost her bearings, confused moral strength with temporal power. Watching Irom Chanu Sharmila — the woman who spent 16 years of her youth in a lonely special cell in an Imphal hospital while on a hunger strike against the draconian Armed Forces Special […]

Irom Sharmila reaches Kerala on 45th birthday

Manipur’s human rights activist Irom Sharmila on Tuesday reached Kerala here from Coimbatore on her 45th birthday. She will spend a month in Attapadi, a tribal hamlet, near to Palakkad. This is her first ever visit to Kerala. “I am here in Kerala, just for a break. I am very pleased with your warm greetings,” […]

Manipur Govt maybe sworn in tomorrow

Manipur’s first BJP government is likely to be sworn in on Wednesday under the leadership of legislature party leader N Biren Singh, who has made the lifting of a crippling economic blockade his first priority as chief minister. Only two ministers, Biren and party colleague Th. Biswajit, who proposed the former’s name for the top […]

Respect the mandate

On the morrow of the election to the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly and the razor edge hung verdict the electors’ verdict, it is difficult not to be reminded of what German philosopher Karl Popper said what the most important virtue of a liberal democracy is. Democracy is not perfect and cannot be so be it […]