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Killings dominate UN meet

Human rights activists from the north eastern region have sought UN intervention into the allegations of fake encounters by the security forces with the help of the Arms Forces Special Powers Act.

The Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights in Manipur and UN (CSCHR) tabled a summary of the follow-up report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, arbitrary executions in the state at the Human Rights Council session in Geneva on Friday.

On his official visit in 2012, the SR had reported extrajudicial killings by security officers, the State Police, Armed Forces and armed groups. 

He also reported killings related to communal violence and practice affecting women rights to life as a serious problem in some areas of the country. 

His noted emerged a number of challenges of the accountability process leading to impunity in many instances. He further questioned the draconian AFSPA 1958 and apprised the UN  of the powers granted under it.

The widespread deployment of armed forces is said to have created a situation in which the exception becomes the rule. Here the use of lethal force is seen as the primary response to conflict. 

He said that the repeal of the Act will bring domestic law more in line with international standards.

He further made a number of recommendations regarding the need to reform laws, and policies to ensure the accountability of State actors for violations of the right to life, including the repeal of AFSPA.

The Supreme Court appointed a panel on 4 January in 2013 to inquire into six alleged cases of extrajudicial executions in Manipur

The panel addressed the larger question on the role of the police and the security forces in Manipur

However, much remains to be done to address and prevent extrajudicial killings and to ensure accountability. The result is that vulnerable persons, including women, marginalized communities, human rights defenders, victims and witnesses, continue to remain at risk of violence, often resulting in death.

According to the report, no independent and accountable mechanism to monitor the registration of FIRs exists. 


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US scholar of Assam releases book on Darrang

7 May 2017 - 9:07pm | AT Staff Reporter

A great programme of releasing a new book on social developments in undivided Darrang in the form of literary narration and felicitation of a newly promoted Brigadier from undivided Darrang district was held at Sanatan Mandir at Mangaldai on May 7.An Assamese book titled “Xowaranir Xonowali Pristha” written by Dr Hiranya Kr Nath, eminent economist and Professor of Sam Houston State University, Texas, USA has been released on Sunday.On the occasion a public function was organized here at the premises of Sanatan Dharmasabha where eminent artiste Sudakhsina Sarma formally released the book published by“ Aank-Baak” in presence of several distinguished personalities including retired Professor of Gauhati University Dr Gobinda Prasad Sarma , well known writer and thinker Mayur Bora,Deputy Commissioner of Darrang Ashok Kr Barman,veteran academicians Badan Ch Saikia and Phulendra Nath Saharia among others.The speakers in their speeches underlined the quality of expression of Dr Hiranya Kr Nath in pure and spontaneous Assamese language even after spending many years of student and profession life in the USA as very unique and precise.The speakers defined the subject matter of the book which is a collection of the anecdotes from the lives of writer Nath’s father Gambhir Chandra Nath and mother Golapi Nath as having similarity with the world famous book “Life and Opinions” by Tristram Shandy as because it couldn’t be categorized either as an autobiography or as an economic analysis.The speakers termed it as a valuable description of a section of the social history of the State.They also appreciated the style of presentation and narration till the end as that of high quality and hoped that all sections of readers will find their taste in the book and they will go through it.The function attended by several hundreds public and anchored by senior journalist of Darrang Bhargab Kumar Das also featured felicitation to local boy Ajit Kumarr Bora,a very efficient officer of the Indian Army,receiving the honour of VSM and who has recently been promoted to the post of Brigadier by two local public organizers Mangaldai Media Circle and Crystal Vision with a traditional Muga Gamosa,a letter of citation and a memento.Mayukh Goswami,Darrang correspondent of The Assam Tribune and also the secretary of Mangaldai Media Circle and Hitesh Hazarika, president of Mangaldai Media Circle offered the felicitation to Brigadier Ajit Kumar Borah,the first Brigadier from Darrang and Udalguri district.Several hundred senior citizens of Darrang including media personnel attended the programme.

CM gets tougher with BTAD miscreants

7 May 2014 - 11:51am | AT News

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi said that his government will not spare anybody if found guilty in the BTAD carnage.

Talking to reporters in Narayanguri after interacting with the refugees, Gogoi sad that he need not 5 minutes to severe alliance with BPF if the Bodo political party is found to be involved in this inhuman incident.

He said that the children who have been left orphaned in the BTAD carnage would be sent to the SOS village apart from money to the tune of Rs 8 lakh.

Gogoi has asked the officials to step up rehabilitation of the refugees in the affected areas announcing Rs 1 lakh assistance for the purpose.

Then he left for Balapara in Gossaigaon where at least 10 minority people were killed in miscreant attack. 

Earlier, Gogoi arrived in Narayanbari area at 11 in the morning by a helicopter and interacted with the victims’ family members one by one.

CM hints at reconsideration of ceasefire with NDFB

6 Oct 2008 - 1:52pm | editor
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogai says the government could reconsider the ceasefire with NDFB if the allegations of masterminding the communal flare up in lower Assam’s Darrang and Udalguri districts and lower Assam.Addressing the media people on Sunday, Gogoi claimed that the situation is under control and has improved a lot. "We have reports that a section of NDFB cadres could be behind the ongoing violence and have directed the authorities to inquire into their possible involvement and if it is proved true, we will go to the extent of getting the ceasefire agreement cancelled," said Gogoi.He said NDFB cadres should be in their designated camps as per the ceasefire agreement and their alleged involvement in the violence was a matter of serious concern.

He further said Army and para-military forces have been deployed in the violence-affected districts and authorities have been directed "to take all possible measures to protect lives and properties of people.