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”.

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Concept Note of the Forum

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.

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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.

Draft Report of the Working Group on UPR of India released

CSCHR is pleased to share the draft report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review of India during its 13th session in UN, Geneva. The report includes several important recommendations that address the questions of impunity, Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958, human rights defenders, accountability of Indian security forces in human rights violations, implementation of UN Treaty Bodies’ recommendations to India, implementation of the recommendations of the Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders during her visit to India, discrimination, strengthening the scope of National Human Rights Institutions, etc.

Draft Report of WG on UPR of India

STATE LEVEL CONVENTION ON UN RESPONSE TO AFSPA AND RELATED ISSUES: CONCLUSIONS AND RESOLUTIONS

STATE LEVEL CONVENTION ON UN RESPONSE TO AFSPA AND RELATED ISSUES

The State Level Convention on UN response to AFSPA and related issues organised by the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights in Manipur and the UN, held on 6th April 2012 at Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul, Imphal, Manipur thoroughly discussed the recent developments arising from visits to India of:

1. The Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, Mrs. Margaret Sekaggya and her final report at the 19th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council on 5th March 2012; and
2. The Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Mr. Christof Heyns and his general comments, conclusions and preliminary recommendations on 30th March 2012.

The delegates of the Convention:

1. Warmly welcome the general comments, conclusions and preliminary recommendations of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Mr. Christof Heyns;
2. Warmly welcome the final report of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, Mrs. Margaret Sekaggya and her final report;
3. Takes note of the remarks made by the Union Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. P. Chidambaram during his monthly report on 31st March 2012;
4. Strongly reiterate and support the stand of the people of Manipur for the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) of 1958;
5. Warmly applaud the 11 years long struggle of Nura Temsingnabi Irom Chanu Sharmila for the repeal of AFSPA 1958 and to end the summary and/or arbitrary killings in Manipur;
6. Conclude that the situation in Manipur arises from the Manipur people’s struggle for their right to self-determination, endorsed by the Human Rights Committee in 1997 and also by the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders;
7. Conclude further that a situation of armed conflict existed in Manipur since the 50s, and that international humanitarian law is applicable to this situation, which is also supported by the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions;
8. Also recognise that the Manipur peoples’ movement for self-determination and human rights continues to this day with the inclusion of all the people and this movement needs to be strengthened further;

Hereby unanimously resolve:

1. To further the Peoples’ Campaign to Repeal the AFSPA 1958 by fully supporting the organisation of a Manipur National Convention to consider the present situation of armed conflict and international human rights and humanitarian law violations in Manipur, and take up necessary steps and actions to Repeal AFSPA 1958 and advance the agenda for a peaceful political solution to the situation;
2. To urgently compile and publish the relevant recent documents relating to the UN officials’ visits to the North East region of India to further the People’s Campaign.

Signed/

(Dr Debabrata Roy Laifungbam)
Convenor
Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights in Manipur and the UN

6 April 2012
Imphal

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Conclusion and Resolution, One-Day Convention

CSCHR organises One-Day Convention to discuss the UN Response to AFSPA and related issues

Following up from the recently concluded Mission to India of the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Prof. Christof Heyns, the government of India has responded with mention of his visit and preliminary recommendations by the Union Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. P. Chidambaram in Parliament. The Union Minister has reportedly stated in Parliament that the conclusions and preliminary recommendations the Special Rapporteur is “negative and positive”. Mr. P. Chidambaram also mentioned the ongoing process within the Indian government to amend the AFSPA 1958.

CSCHR is organizing a state level convention on Friday, 6 April 2012 at the Manipur Press Club at Imphal to consider the follow up to the India Mission of the  UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Prof. Christof Heyns and the subsequent response of the Government of India.

Invitation to One-Day Convention on UN response to AFSPA and related issues, 6 April 2012

Status of Human Rights in Manipur Report to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Manipur has been continuously under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 for over half a century. Under this Act, armed forces of India are accorded sweeping powers including derogation of right to life. Though the Indian armed forces are stationed in Manipur to aid civil administration, the prolonged use of an emergency law has led to wide negative repercussions on governance, policing methods and development initiatives. This stakeholders’ report is the joint submission by the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights in Manipur and UN, prepared through a collective consultative process, consisting of informal and formal meetings, conducted from September to November 2011. This coalition is the outcome of the collective engagement with the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders during her visit in January 2011.

The report highlights key features of the unacceptable human rights situation prevailing in the frontier State of Manipur in the so-called North-Eastern region of India. It provides vital supplemental information in the examination of India’s human rights situation during the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review conducted by the UN Human Rights Council this year.

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process conducted by the UN Human Rights Council, involving a review of the human rights record of all 192 UN Member States once every four and a half years. The UPR is a peer review process, whereby UN Member States monitor each others’ human rights record. It provides an opportunity for all States to declare the actions they have taken to improve the human rights situation in their countries and overcome challenges. The ultimate goal of the UPR is the improvement of the human rights situation in every country.

Apart from the information provided by the state under review and other reports received from the UN (such as independent human rights experts and bodies, known as ‘Special Procedures’, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities), information from ‘other stakeholders’ including non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and national human rights institutions are also examined in the UPR.

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Status of Human Rights in Manipur Report to the UN 2011