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.

PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO READ THE MEDIA COVERAGE OF OUR PRESS STATEMENT

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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 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.

The Coalition launches publication "Extrajudicial Executions in Manipur" on 18 August 2012

CSCHR launches, as a formal publication, its memorandum to the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns on Saturday 18th August 2012. Dr Thokchom Meinya, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) will release the publication in an event that also memorialises the day – 54 years ago – when the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 was passed by Indian Parliament.

“The memorandum elaborates on the political context of the armed conflict prevailing in Manipur for the past over three decades, which forms the context of the summary or arbitrary killings…provides information on the domestic legislative provisions, lacunae in the investigation and judicial processes and the independence of the judiciary, the limitations of inquests and post-mortem procedures, absence of a witness protection programme and issues concerning impunity, justice and reparation for the victims’ families.” (Excerpt from memorandum to Christof Heyns, 28 March 2012)

Cover Page of the Publication “MANIPUR: a memorandum on extrajudicial executions”

CSCHR convenes a Civil Society Round Table Strategy Meeting on second UPR of India – Community Seminar – on 28 June 2012

CSCHR convenes a Civil Society Round Table Strategy Meeting – a Community Seminar – on 2nd Universal Periodic Review if India on Thursday28 June 2012 at the Conference Hall of Manipur Voluntary Health Association,Wangkhei Ningthem Pukhri Mapal, Imphal, India.

Civil society organisations, women’s organisations, human rights defenders (HRDs), and other organisations such as Loktak Lake Area  Fishermen’s Union, etc. of Manipur attended the meeting. In recognition of the solidarity, sacrifice and struggle of the invited organisations and HRDs for the peoples’ human rights and collective rights,  to end oppressive policies and laws, in particular the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 and establish peace in our lands and territories, the strategy meeting will particularly decide on a course of action for the next two months to advocate for the key recommendations, relevant to Manipur and the North East region of India, arising from the second review of India at the Human Rights Council to be accepted by the Indian government.

The meeting was Moderated by Mr Phulindro Konsam, Committee on Human Rights Manipur (COHR Manipur).

After Advocate Angomcha Araba of Life Watch warmly welcomed the invited delegations. an introduction of UPR and 2nd Cycle UPR of India, UN Human Rights Council recommendations to India was shared by Dr. Debabrata Roy Laifungbam, Convenor of CSCHR and Convenor of CORE.

PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO READ THE UPR INFORMATION LEAFLET

UPR information leaflet

Mr Yumnam Jiten, Citizens Concern for Dams and Development (CCDCD) shared his experience as a Manipur Delegation to 2nd cycle UPR of India, Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Indigenous Meitei boy summarily killed by Manipur Police

(Family of late Ahanthem Amujao at their home in Manipur in Sawombung; his mother is seated on the left with his youngest sister Sonia and his aunt Ito who filed the police complaint is standing at the doorway; his grandmother is seated far right/photo: CORE)

Ahanthem Amujao also called Suranjoy, a sixteen year old boy, from Sawombung Gate Maning Leikai was reportedly shot dead in an ‘encounter’ with Manipur Police Commandos at Khuman Palli, Imphal West District at the outskirts of Imphal City on January 29, 2012. The police had informed that Amujao was killed in an encounter between a team of Imphal West Commandos and three UGs at Khuman Lampak Palli on January 29 and that two of Amujao’s accomplices had escaped while he was gunned down at the spot. The police had never disclosed to which UG (‘underground’, a popular acronym for non-state armed groups operating in Manipur) organisation Amujao belongs nor has the exact location of the ‘encounter’ been identified by an inquest.

Amujao’s family and neighbours of his locality (Leikai) claimed that it was a ‘fake encounter’ since the body of the deceased bore marks of torture as his rights arm and left hand were twisted and badly fractured. Autopsy was carried out on the 31 January, 2012 at RIMS, Lamphelpat but the report has been denied to the family.

Amujao comes from an extremely poor family, and he had to drop out of school after Class V because his parents could no longer afford to pay his school-fees. He is the eldest of the six children of Basanta and Tampha. He began to work as a daily wage unskilled labourer two years ago to help his family, and at the time of his death he was a mason’s assistant. According to his mother, Amujao used to support his younger siblings.

Amujao’s aunty, Ito, filed a complaint to the Director General of Police (Manipur) on 3rd April 2012 with copies to the Minister of Home Affairs, the Chief Secretary, Govt of Manipur. Another complaint was filed by the Convenor of CSCHR to the Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), New Delhi and the Chairperson, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), New Delhi.

Following the complaint, nothing has been done by the Government regarding the unnatural and sudden death of (L) Ahanthem Amujao. The NCPCR wrote a letter to the government of Manipur inquiring into the complaint received but did not get a reply. Taking the matter as very serious, the Commission decided to conduct an investigation.

The five-member NCPCR team led by the Chairperson, Prof. Shantha Sinha visited the State from 18-20 May, 2012 to investigate into the matter.

Click the link below to see “Commandos scalp UG suspect” (Sangai Express/January 29, 2012)

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Click the link below to read “Sawombung locals contradict police claim of encounter death” (Sangai Express/January,31, 2012)

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Click the link below to see the Imphal Free Press Headlines (May 21, 2012)/NCPCR meets CM, HM

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