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Manipur NGO raises ‘demands’ in UN forum
Published on 10 Jun. 2009 11:00 PM IST
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Manipur-based NGO Citizens Concern for Dams and Development (CCDD) raised the long standing ‘’demands’’ of people in the state at the Eighth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, held at the United Nations headquarters in New York recently. According to UNI report, the CCDD representative, Jiten Yumnam, attended the Eighth Session and demanded repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act , 1958, to respect the ‘’right to life’’ and stop all political killings targeting the people of Manipur ‘’without’’ trial and due justice delivery processes, according to NGO sources. Yumnam requested the UN Permanent Forum (UNPF) and UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) to urge the Indian government to repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958, as recommended by the Justice Jeevan Reddy Commission in 2004, and adhere to the recommendations of UN Human Rights Committee in 1997 to respect the ‘’right to life’’ as outlined in the International Bill of Human Rights and Indian Constitution. It was also urged to adopt a political response to conflict in Manipur and for removal of declarations and reservations in International Bill of Rights, especially Article 1, 12, 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). He also requested the UNPF and the OHCHR to urge upon India to submit its fourth periodic report to UN Human Rights Committee of ICCPR, already due from 2001, and to respect Geneva Conventions for protection of civilians. On the Economic and Social Development agenda, Mr Yumnam urged the body to impress upon the Union government to respect indigenous people’s rights over their land and resources as outlined in the UN Human Rights Standards and Declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples.

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