HRLN conducts workshop on human rights

HRLN conducts workshop on human rights
(L to R) Dr. Rosemary Dzüvichü, Dr. Colin Gonsalves and Abei-üMerü at the workshop.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 2/17/2020 9:46:35 AM IST

Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), in collaboration with Naga Mothers Association (NMA) and Nagaland University Teachers Association (NUTA), organised workshop on human rights (HR) and use of law, wherein violations of human rights in the state were highlighted by experts from varied fields.

A press release from HRLN, stated that senior advocate, Supreme Court, and founder, HRLN Dr. Colin Gonsalves, stressed on need for protection of rights of indigenous people, need of strengthening laws, utilizing constitution as a weapon for right of indigenous people, for protection of people and their land. 

With initiation of Look East Policy and various ongoing connectivity projects, he stated that there was threat of migrants flooding in the land. He further stated that unless steps were taken, 10 years from now, North east, including Nagaland, will be unrecognisable. 

He further mentioned that while government will lure public with investment and economic benefits, it was not interested in the protection of land or identity of the people, at the cost of environment and rights of indigenous people, which now poses huge threat in the face of citizen ship Amendment Act 2019.

Further, on question of struggle of human rights in Nagaland, prof. NU, advisor NMA and president NUTA, Dr. Rosemary Dzüvichü, stated that there was need to rethink how to address to voice to the people of Nagaland, who were suffering from gross violations and stigma. She maintained that one needed to empower people to utilise law through public interest litigation so that people who were unable to represent themselves and voice their sufferings, could be brought to light as we are still in stages of basic requirements of livelihood and protection. 

Others who spoke included Kegwahyun Tep, edu. secy, NSF, Joshua Sheqi, advocate;  Angela Yhome, member of Kohima Village Council and secretary Tennyimia Women Organisation; Asha Sanchu, director Miqlat Ministry; Childline; Gwamphung Civil Rights Forum; Kezhosana Kikhi, Nagaland State Legal Services Authority, project coordinator; Abou Mere, director Kripa Foundation; Lucy Wungleng; Nieteo Koza, state coordinator, HRLN; Abei-üMerü, president, Naga Mothers Association; Dr. Alana Golmei, member of Monitoring Committee; Dr Temsulemba professor; Olivia Bang, director, HRLN. 

Workshop was held at Nagaland University, Meriema Campus and was attended by various members of civil societies, law students, teachers, professors, lawyers, members of bar, journalist and people from various walks of life.


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