PRESS: CORE seeks clarification from IB, warns of legal action

The Centre for Organisation Research & Education issued a press statement yesterday on 16th June 2014 regarding the reported contents of a “classified” document claimed by a few national media houses as originating with the Intelligence Bureau (IB) of India. In this apparently deliberately leaked report of 3rd June 2014, the organisation was said to be explicitly mentioned as involved in activities detrimental to national development and receiving funds from a Dutch funder. CORDAID to train local activists in campaigning against government and private corporation plans to start oil exploration in some areas of Manipur in the North East region of India.

CORE has categorically denied all the allegations reportedly raised in the IB’s report to the Ministry of Home Affairs of India as unfounded and based on conjectures with no evidence whatsoever.

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http://www.thesangaiexpress.com/page/items/39819/core-seeks-clarification-from-ib

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CORE President nominated expert member of Manipur State Mission Steering Committee for ICDS

Dr Laifungbam Debabrata Roy, President of CORE has been nominated by the government of Manipur as an expert member of the newly constituted State Mission Steering Committee (SMSG) for providing direction, policy and guidance for implementation of the ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services) programme, a.k.a. “Anganwadi” scheme, in Manipur.

Dr. Laifungbam Debabrata Roy

Dr. Laifungbam Debabrata Roy

The ICDS scheme is a national programme under the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare. For a brief official introduction to the salient features of the programme, please click the link below:

About ICDS

The ICDS scheme is a centrally sponsored programme funded by the World Bank and supported by UNICEF, the Child Rights organisation if the United Nations system. Project P121731 of the World Bank [India: ICDS Systems Strengthening & Nutrition Improvement Program (ISSNIP)] is an active project. The borrower is the government of India, and the project application was approved in 6 September 2012, and the closing date is 31 December 2015. Total project cost is US$ 151.50 million and the Commitment amount is US$ 106.00 million. (Total project cost includes funding from World Bank and non-bank sources in US$ millions. Active and Closed projects show commitment at Board approval. It does not reflect any cancellations. Proposed (pipeline) and dropped projects show the forecast amount. The commitment amount for projects in the pipeline is indicative and may be modified during the project preparation.)

For basic information of the World Bank’s project, please click on the link below:

India: ICDS Systems Strengthening & Nutrition Improvement Program (ISSNIP)

However, the ICDS programme faces many challenges despite some success stories, and there is tremendous potential for improvement in implementation and impact. According to a World Bank report, “India’s primary policy response to child malnutrition, the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) program, is well-conceived and well-placed to address the major causes of child undernutrition in India. However, more attention has been given to increasing coverage than to improving the quality of service delivery and to distributing food rather than changing family-based feeding and caring behaviour. This has resulted in limited impact.”

In the World Bank evaluation report, “while the program is intended to target the needs of the poorest and the most undernourished, as well as the age groups that represent a significant “window of opportunity” for nutrition investments (i.e. children under three, pregnant and lactating women), there is a mismatch between the program’s intentions and its actual implementation.

“Key mismatches are that:

(i) The dominant focus on food supplementation is to the detriment of other tasks envisaged in the program which are crucial for improving child nutritional outcomes. For example, not enough attention is given to improving child-care behaviors, and on educating parents how to improve nutrition using the family food budget.

(ii) Older children (between 3-6 years) participate much more than younger ones and children from wealthier households participate much more than poorer ones. The program fails to preferentially target girls, lower castes or poorest villages (all of whom are at higher risk of undernutrition);

(iii) Although program growth was greater in underserved than well-served areas during the 1990s, the poorest states and those with the highest levels of undernutrition still have the lowest levels of program funding and coverage by ICDS activities.

“In addition to these mismatches, the program faces substantial operational challenges. Inadequate worker skills, shortage of equipment, poor supervision and weak M&E detract from the program’s potential impact. Community workers are overburdened, because they are expected to provide preschool education to four to six-year olds as well as nutrition services to all children under six, with the consequence that most children under three—the group that suffers most from malnutrition—do not get micronutrient supplements, and most of their parents are not reached with counseling on better feeding and child care practices.”

CORE to identify two model Green Villages in Tamenglong and Tipaimukh areas of Manipur

CORE, a founder member organisation of the Coalition on Environment and Natural Resources (CENRs), is responsible for identifying and establishing two model green villages in Tamenglong and Tipaimukh areas respectively. CORE has, as its strategic intervention approach, divided the activities in three phases. The first phase includes:

1. Field education and awareness trip to see a model Green Village in NER/India

2. Energy Management: Alternative energy like biomass, wind energy, hydro energy, solar energy, etc

3. Networking and advocacy

View of a Naga village in the North East region of India

View of a Naga village in the North East region of India

CORE will hold two (2) consultations at the village level in Jiribam (Imphal East District) on 22nd and 23rd October, 2013.

First Consultation

Date and Venue: 22nd October 2013, Peoples’ Endeavour for Social Change (PESCH), Jiribam, Manipur

Time: 10:00AM – 2:00PM

Targeted Organisations for consultation:

1. Joint Action Committee on Hydrocarbon, Tamenglong

2. Village Authority members from affected villages of Tamenglong

Total number of participants: 20 (Twenty)

Second Concultation

Date and Venue: 23rd October 2013, Tribal Community Hall, Kalinagar, Jiribam, Manipur

Time: 10:00AM – 2:00PM

Targeted Organisations for consultation:

1. Joint Action Committee on oil exploration and drilling, Jiribam and Tipaimukh

2. Village Authority members from affected villages of Jiribam and Vangai area of Tipaimukh

3. All Jiribam Tribal Union (AJTU)

Total number of participants: 20 (Twenty)

CORE invited to 15th EU-NGO Forum on Human Rights in Brussels

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President of Elders’ Council of CORE, Dr D Roy Laifungbam invited to the 15th EU-NGO Forum on Human Rights, Brussels, 4-5 December 2013. The EU-NGO Forum on Human Rights is an annual conference that provides a venue for direct interaction and in-depth discussion between representatives of global civil society and the EU institutions, EU Member States and international organizations on various topics related to the promotion and protection of human rights. This year’s 15th edition overarching theme is “Accountability” articulated into two distinct, yet interrelated, thematic threads: “The Fight against Impunity” and “Accountability of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights”.

Click the link for more information about the Forum.

Concept Note of the Forum

CORE Celebrates World Environment Day 2013

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World Environment Day was jointly organised by Centre For Organisation Research & Education (CORE), Human to Humane Trans-culture For Trauma Torture Victim (H2H), All Loktak Lake Area Fishermen’s Union Manipur and Life Watch at Langolsabi area of Loktak Lake. Namdithui Pamei, Deputy Director of CORE, urged the fishermen of the area to fight for their rights and for the protection of the Lake. Due to the on-going activities of Loktak Developed Authority (LDA) and Ithai Barrage which are responsible for degrading the ecosystem of Loktak Lake, as well as the LDA’s  violation of human rights for fishermen of the lake during its forceful eviction drive, that has displaced 1,147 families, and a total of nearly 10,000 peoples whom saw the destruction of their indigenous homes atop the floating biomass of Loktak Lake.

CORE has been involved for the past 24-years to restore and conserve  the Loktak Lake and the rights of the fisherpeople. Loktak Lake constitute a serious violation of the “right to life”, “right to adequate housing” as guaranteed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and also the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Right.

The traditional knowledge and practice of building khangpokshang / floating huts over floating vegetation masses in Loktak wetlands in a unique feature of the indigenous people of Manipur, nowhere visible in the entire world and as such, this practice is a unique cultural heritage, which deserves essentially full conservation and protection.

Link to article in HueiyenLanpao  HERE.

Letter to the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions from CSCHR

This is a letter written by the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights in Manipur and United Nations (CSCHR), which CORE is a convening member, inviting the Mr Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions to come to Manipur during his imminent India visit from 19 – 30 March 2012.

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CSCHR Letter to the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions

Our partner organisation, Extra-Judicial Execution’s Victim Families’ Association (EEVFAM) also sent a letter to the UN Special Rapporteur.

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EEVFAM Invitation Letter to Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions