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DCPF appeals for peace in NC Hills
DIMAPUR, JUL 3 (NPN):
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Published on 4 Jul. 2009 1:03 AM IST
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Diphu Citizens’ Peace Forum (DCPF), a forum comprising of different communities of North Cachar Hills such as Dimasas, Zeme Nagas, Hmars, Kukis, Adivasis, Assamese, Bengalees etc has appealed for peace in the violence torn NC Hills and also requested the government of India to set up a judicial enquiry into recent violence. These different communities which met in Guwahati on Thursday said their decades of peaceful co-existence have been enormously affected by the recent spurt of violence bringing about massive loss of precious lives and properties and displacement of thousands of people. DCPF, secretary, Tom Mangattuthazhe through a statement on behalf of the various communities said all their basic needs such as right to life, right to livelihood, right to education, right to liberty & security, right to freedom of movement and right to social, economic and political as well as the right to peaceful co-existence have been snatched away, while they remain in conflict time and again. The citizens said they have been forced to live in fear, insecurity and uncertainty and that it takes many years to rebuild the confidence. The Forum acknowledged the fact that the common people’s need was peace and said they were committed to peace building in the district wanted peace to return at the earliest. It expressed solidarity with those people who were going through pain, hurt and suffering. Accepting the realities and the differences they have within them, they still committed themselves towards creating more democratic space for each other. The citizens have urged the state and non-state actors of the country as well as those who were causing these conflicts, to refrain from continuing such acts and appealed for their cooperation towards bringing peace and harmony. The DCPF also urged the respective authorities to look into the welfare of the Internally Displaced Peoples/Persons (IDPs) for their rehabilitation and resettlement according to the National Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy, granting ex-gratia to the next of kin of those killed and injured and to protect and safeguard the rights of the IDPs.

 
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