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Repeal or amend AFSPA

The country has not followed the recommendation to repeal or amend AFSPA to ensure that the legislation regarding the use of force is brought in line with international human rights law. 

The grievance came to light in the UN convention of human rights in Geneva  on Friday when Special Reporteur dwelt at length on it to remove all legal barriers for the criminal prosecution of members of the armed forces.

The report mentions that the government has failed to implement his recommendation that autopsies be carried out in conformity with international standards and that the families of victims be given full and easy access to autopsy reports, as well as death certificates and other relevant documentation to allow them to proceed with the closure of the cases. 

He regrets that the country has not ratified the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and its Optional Protocol, nor has and Punishment and its Optional Protocol; and the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance been ratified. 

“India has not implemented his recommendations for the government to consider the ratification of (a) the two Optional Protocols to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; (b) the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women; (c) the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court; and (d) the two Protocols additional to the Geneva Conventions,” he said in his report.

The concern is that the non-State actors resorting to the use of deadly violence have threatened the lives and security of civilians and the security of India and strongly condemns the callous nature of these acts. 

“The State has a duty to protect its people from such acts of violence, but should do so in accordance with international human rights standards. The SR recommended that the State ensure that command and/or superior responsibility be applied for violations by security officials of the right to life, and that the establishment and effective functioning of the Independent Police Complaints Authorities should be made a priority in all states,” he observed. 


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BPF organises peace meeting

9 Mar 2017 - 3:33pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

The ruling Bodoland Peoples Front(BPF) party organised a peace meeting involving AASU,Bengali Youth Students Federation,senior citizens at PWD Guest House on Wednesday to create peace and tranquility among society in Kokrajhar district.

The meeting discussed about maintaining peace and harmony among all sections of communities in the region,which was chaired by Doneswar Goyary,BTC executive member. AASU delegation led by Nabajyoti Roy,assistant general secretary,AASU,members from BYSF,Banga Sahitya Sammelan,senior citoizens from different communities also took part in the meeting and urged for restoration of peace and harmony in the region.The meeting condemned the Silapathar violence that created sensation in the state since few days.

Senior citizens also expresses serious concern over recent Silapathar incident termed that it was penetrated by some anti-social activists.They(culprits) must be arrested and punished as per law.They condemned the violence at Silapathar in Dhemaji district.

 BTC executive members Doneswar Goyary,Rajib Brahma condemned the incident and urged all section of society to maintain paece and unity across the state.

‘The meeting discussed on the prevailing situation of the state and appeal for maintaining peace environment’,they said.

 Nabajyoti Roy,AASU leader said that the Silapathar incident was condemnable and main culprits be nabbed as soon as possible without any delay.He has demanded  strict identification of illegal immigrants who were come in the state after 1971.

Journalist Hiten Mahanta dead

29 Aug 2015 - 6:21pm | Nava Thakuria

Senior journalist Hiten Mahanta passed away on Saturday at GNRC (six mile) hospital. The end came at 7.25 in the morning at GNRC Hospital where he was undergoing treatment.

Mahanta suffered multiple head injuries as he fell on the road on the morning hours of August 5 at his home locality of Chunchali in the city. He was immediately admitted to the hospital and his condition continued to be critical.

Born in 1957, Mahanta completed his education in Guwahati. After completing PU form Cotton College, Mahanta graduated from Pragjyotish College. He received master degree in Political Science from Gauhati University.

Lately contributing articles on recent political developments for Assam for various acclaimed newspapers, Mahanta started his journalism career in 1984 through Janakranti. Later he shifted to Ajir Asom in 1987 and finally joined Natun Dainik in 1989. Mahanta also served as the President of Natun Dainik Employess Union.

For some time, Mahanta was associated with Journalist Union of Assam. He was also associated with Journalist Action Committee, Journalists’ Forum Assam and Guwahati Press Club. Mahanta was also the founder President of All Assam Media Employees Federation.

Mahanta left behind his wife Manashri Mahanta, two sons Niharanjan & Chinmoy and host of relative & well-wishers. The family and also Guwahati Press Club have extended sincere thanks to Dr NC Bora (CMD of GNRC hospitals) for rebating most of the expenditure of Mahanta’s treatment.

Soon after his death, Mahanta was taken to his home, where various social organizations paid their last respect to him. Before taking his mortal remains to Navagraha crematorium, he was taken to Guwahati Press Club. Hundred journalists and other well-wishers paid their last respects to him.

The editor-journalists who were present on Mahanta’s last journey includ

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12 Aug 2019 - 9:35pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

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At Kokrajhar Bhotgaon Idgah maidan, hundreds of Islam followers gathered since morning and offered their Namaj on the day celebration.