PRESS STATEMENT 18th September 2014
CORE CONDEMNS BOMB BLAST IN UKHRUL TOWN: A QUESTIONABLE AGENDA
The Centre For Organisation Research and Education (CORE) Manipur vehemently condemns the reported bomb blast in the evening of 17th September 2014 at around 5:30PM in front of Neetu Hardware Store, Viewland in Ukhrul under Ukhrul district in Manipur as an outright act of cowardice, terrorism and crime against humanity. CORE believes that this brutal situation is too much to bear any longer and the intent all too questionable.
We tearfully condole the terrible deaths of A. S. Dinah, former President of Tangkhul Shanao Long, and her niece Ms Lansophy Tangvah (23 yrs), daughter of W. Tangvah of Nungbi Khullen Village, Ukhrul District, Manipur, and share our deep sorrow with their families.
Coming close on the heels of an extended period of hardship and violence from July till early September, the peoples of Ukhrul are hardly out of mourning and bereavement. The planting of a bomb in the middle of a town where civilians have only recently been able to pursue their normal activities speaks volumes of an inhuman conspiracy where innocent lives are considered expendibles and intensification of almost seven decades of conflict and human rights abuses of indigenous peoples in Manipur as unavoidable collaterals. Anything gained through such cruel disregard for human lives can never be justified nor legitimised. Today, government as well as dissident military violence predominantly target non-combantant civilians.
CORE urges everyone, particularly government, to desist from actions that can only lead to further escalations in a vexed situation, and constructively and sincerely engage with all sections in the polity towards a lasting peace in Manipur and the region.
Dr. D Roy Laifungbam
Dr. Immanuel Zarzosang Varte
1st Floor, Ibotombi Building, Babupara
Asian Highway No. 1
Imphal 795001, MANIPUR
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244 73 71
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URGENT PRESS STATEMENT Imphal, 12 September 2014
CIVIL SOCIETY COALITION ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN MANIPUR: RESTORE CONDUCIVE CLIMATE FOR POLITICAL PROCESS ON ILPS
The Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights in Manipur and the UN (CSCHR), a coalition of twenty-four (24) indigenous peoples’ human rights organizations of Manipur in India’s North East region, in an Emergency Meeting held today, expresses deep distress that the affirmative steps being taken up by the government of Manipur to find a just resolution to the public campaign for a significant and appropriate policy to safeguard the rights of the indigenous peoples of Manipur by promulgating a system comparable to the Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) has been derailed by a widely reported irresponsible Manipur police action on Monday, 8 September 2014 by officers from Imphal East District. The ILPS issue has seen two separate constructive resolutions in the Manipur State Assembly in 2012 and 2013, and the government of India has also been kept abreast of this demand by the people of Manipur.
On last Monday, a large number of Manipur Police officers from Imphal East reportedly picked up 12 (twelve) human rights defenders including four women and two students from the office of the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) located in Nongmeibung, Imphal after beating up several persons and vandalising the office. The arrested persons are identified as Moirangthem Angamba Singh (34), Johnson Nongmaithem (29), Sumanta Monoharmayum (23), Elangbam Bijendra Meitei (22), Longjam Abothe Meitei (24), Konsam Phulindro Singh (54), Md. Sajad Buya (19), Sarangthem William Milton (25), Khumukcham (n) Naosekpam (o) Rashesori Devi (55), Okram (n) Khomdram (o) Gunabati Devi, Hijam Ibema Devi (42) and Nameirakpam Ibemcha Devi (55). It has been also reported that the office computers of JCILPS have been also seized by the police. In this arbitrary action the police did not serve any warrant to arrest and enter and search the JCILPS office or any arrest memo, clearly in violation of the law. Nongmeibung is within the Imphal Municipality area where the draconian AFSPA had been withdrawn since 2004. The Manipur police action is in clear infringement of even the terms laid down by the Honourable Supreme Court of India regarding the powers conferred to Union security forces only in disturbed areas where ASPA is enforced.
Mr Phulindro Konsam, Chairman of the Committee on Human Rights (COHR) Manipur, a renowned human rights defender of Manipur was among those arbitrarily arrested and charged by the police, and subsequently remanded to judicial custody. It is a matter of great ignominy that Mr Konsam who was just visiting the office of JCILPS for consultations on the imminent talks upon the invitation of the government of Manipur scheduled the next day (Tuesday, 9 September 2014) was randomly charged with several section of the IPC including common cause, wrongful concealment and confinement, voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons and extortion without any evidence.
The steps taken by the police are in clear negation of India’s commitments under the UN Human Rights Defenders Declaration and also breach the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. A legitimate and democratic people’s campaign for the protection of their rights has been sought to be criminalised. COHR has further claimed in a media statement that its Chairman, Mr Konsam is innocent. CSCHR finds it totally perplexing that in Manipur, upholding the law seems to have been delegated as a task of the civil society; and officers of the state’s law enforcement agencies obligated to uphold the law are conducting themselves in a repressive and autocratic manner as if the rule of law has been dumped.
CSCHR urges the government of Manipur to ensure that the conducive climate for talks with JCILPs, which had been further enforced by the release of its co-convenor, Advocate P. Arun on 6 September 2014, be restored immediately by taking decisive disciplinary action against its erring law enforcement personnel whose arbitrary and illegal actions have resulted in the abrupt disruption of a political process highly crucial for the future of the indigenous population of Manipur.
(Dr Laifungbam D Roy)
Civil Society Coalition on HUman Rights in Manipur and the UN
Blog Site: http://humanrightsmanipur.wordpress.com/
CORE URGENT APPEAL TO THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
URGENT APPEAL TO THE :-
Mr. Narendra Modi Prime Minister of India Prime Minister Office Room No. 152, South Block New Delhi – 110001, INDIA Fax: +91 11 23019545 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>
Mr. Vinod Kumar Duggal Governor of Manipur Raj Bhavan, Imphal – 795001, Manipur, INDIA Fax: + 91 385 222 0278 Phone: + 91 385 222 0009
Mr. Okram Ibobi Singh Chief Minister of Manipur Chief Minister’s Secretariat Babupara, Imphal – 795001, Manipur, INDIA Fax: +91 385 2221817 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> Justice (Retd.) Shri K. G. Balakhrishnan
Chairperson National Human Rights Commission Manav Adhikar Bhawan
Block C, GPO Complex, INA
New Delhi – 110023, INDIA
Tel. +91 11 24651330
Fax; +91 11 24651329
Mr. P C Lawmkunga
Government of Manipur
Old Secretariat Building
Bapupara, Imphal – 795001, Manipur, INDIA
Fax + 91 385 2222629
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Subject: Escalating Militarisation and Imposition of Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code and Heavy Deployment of Armed Law Enforcement Forces in Ukhrul District Headquarters, Manipur, India and other Districts of Manipur is a serious Human Rights Violation and Abject Surrender of the State to the Challenge of Democratic and Humane Governance
The Centre for Organisation Research & Education is extremely concerned with the recent turn of events in Ukhrul District Headquarters, Manipur and the continued unchecked increasing militarisation and martial governance approach in Manipur for many years. Based on reliable news reports and sources, we have learnt that two people died and at least 35 others were injured on 30 August 2014, when law enforcement officers of the Manipur Police Commando (CDO) and Indian Reserve Battalion opened fire at a mass peace rally against militarisation and continued imposition of prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code since 13 July 2014 along with the heavy deployment of armed state law enforcement forces in Ukhrul District, Manipur, India. Furthermore, and in a most grave matter of injudicious governance and the unconstitutional derogation of the fundamental freedoms and rights of the citizens of Manipur, the State has witnessed frequently repeated imposition of prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code in Imphal West, Imphal East and Thoubal Districts for the past about 14 years.
According to reliable reports, Mr. Ramkashing Vashi and Mr. Mayopam Ramror died from gunshot wounds as evidenced by a preliminary post mortem report of forensic specialists and doctors from the Ukhrul District Hospital. The bullets used are reported to be high caliber rounds. Both these men left behind families including spouses who are expecting a child.
This recent incident is just the latest in a series of unacceptable abuse of disproportionate power by the government of Manipur linked to the assassination of Mr. Ngalangzar Malue, a member of the Autonomous District Council, last July 12, 2014 by unidentified persons in an ambush about 20 KM from Ukhrul District Headquarters at Finch Corner on the Imphal to Ukhrul highway while he was travelling to his home to visit his ailing mother. His nephew Mr. Ratanmi Malue (25 years) and his driver also sustained bullet injuries. No one has come forward to claim responsibilities for the unfortunate killing of Mr. Ngalangzar Malue, and police investigations may be seen as unsuccessful so far as there have been no further reports after eight persons stated by the Manipur Police as cadres of an armed non-state organisation were arrested from Ukhrul the day after the assassination. The arrested persons languish in judicial custody without any further due process of law.
As a result of this mentioned contemptible incident in Ukhrul District Headquarters, the State of Manipur has been drawn yet again into a prolonged cycle of acrimonious confrontation between the government and the victimized citizenry. All the citizens of Manipur are become the unwilling victims of a state of anxiety, misery, scarcity and despair due to an economic blockade, stoppage of national projects and severe limitations of the freedom of movement imposed by civil society organisations campaigning for the restoration of fundamental rights and freedoms, normalcy, peace and decency in public life. The precious public resources and finances are being thrown into squander and misuse, and the government is drowning in ‘damage control’ activities that are draining the depleted exchequer.
GOVERNMENT’S FAILURE TO PROTECT FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES
The Government of Manipur, as a matter of unstated policy for many years, resorts to violent repressive measures, including prolonged invocation of Section 144 prohibiting conglomeration of 5 or more people under the Code of Criminal Procedure, arbitrary detention and torture of human rights defenders throughout the State of Manipur, and in particular within the Valley districts. In its now established zeal to repress all democratic fundamental freedom of expression and association, the government of Manipur has now resorted to repeatedly torturing, inhumanly ill-treating and abusing women and students undertaking democratic forms of protest for their rights by the use of teargas and other injurious weapons including fire-arms on the pretext of the prohibitory orders under the Code of Criminal Procedure. This amounts to criminalizing all forms of citizens’ free expression of the fundamental rights, freedoms and liberties enshrined in international human rights law and protected by the Indian Constitution.
We are extremely concerned that the increasing tension in Ukhrul and other Districts of Manipur. This concern is further exacerbated by the seeming lack of appropriate responses especially to the recommendations put forward by a swathe of civil society organisations, academicians, senior citizens, faith-based organisations and high-powered commissions appointed by the government and the apex Court of India. Such lack of appropriate responses will certainly add to the already serious human rights violations and terrible injuries that the people of the State of Manipur have been suffering for decades.
Manipur is in an undesirable established state of Martial Law Governance, exhibiting all three of its stages where the government gradually rolls out controls over citizen liberties. Travel is restricted through inland border and road checkpoints and travel restrictions carry over into Stage two. The long imposition of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 and other laws such as the National Security Act, 1980, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 and its subsequent amendments pave the way by placing certain legal mechanisms for the orderly transition into full martial law. Internal intelligence gathering programs that randomly search citizens at public events and on the highways are now in place. Citizens are conditioned in this Stage One of Martial Law Governance by the AFSPA that they do not control or own their bodies as the public is molested by the Act publicly and privately every day. Manipur’s law enforcement organs create an enemies’ list in which persons suspected to be supporters of civil liberties, political dissent, etc., are maintained and branded as domestic terrorists. The government has clearly elevated itself above any pretence of constitutional liberties.
Manipur also witnesses features of Stage Two of Martial Law Governance characterised by martial law implementation becoming obvious to all citizens except for the ones who invoke cognitive dissonance as a psychological coping mechanism. Stage two is marked by increasing restrictions on travel, the loss of freedom of speech and expression, the right to peaceful assembly to air grievances against the government. Stage two also witnesses some level of pushback by the citizens through various forms of civil disobedience, as we have in Manipur. Stage two is also characterized by the loss of due process of law with regard to arbitrary detainment, imprisonment or worse. This stage is also marked by limiting participation of members of the society who have been previously identified as enemies of the state, those listed as domestic terrorists. Stage two is characterized by creating a political caste system in which the legal rights of certain groups are set in place.
Stage Three of Martial Law Governance has given history, and Manipur, some of its darkest days. Warrant-less detentions become common place in which suspected political dissidents are removed from society, usually in the middle of the night. Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions became routine, as we witnessed in Manipur.
There is a total disconnect between the government and the citizens of the State of Manipur. The State is now a hollow shadow bereft of its legitimacy, aspirational values, morals and principles.
1. We urge the highest levels of Government in India and Manipur to give immediate utmost attention to this issue to put an end to the violence, trauma and suffering endured by the people of Manipur for many decades, and bring back normalcy to the lives of the people in Ukhrul and every District of Manipur, India.
2. We strongly reiterate our unequivocal recommendation for the revocation of Section 144 CrPC from Ukhrul District Headquarters and other Districts of Manipur, where such prohibitory orders are enforced for prolonged and/or repeated periods without proper justification. The government of Manipur must immediately withdraw its excessive law enforcement forces from Ukhrul District.
3. We call for the government of Manipur to issue a white paper on the full status of police investigations and related actions including detentions and/or arrests, and criminal court procedures begun, relating to the brutal assassination of Mr. Ngalangzar Malue, a member of the Autonomous District Council, last July 12, 2014 by unidentified persons in an ambush about 20 KM from Ukhrul District Headquarters at Finch Corner on the Imphal to Ukhrul highway, in which two other persons also sustained injuries.
4. We also urge the government of Manipur to institute a Judicial Inquiry to be conducted by a retired Justice of the Supreme Court of India in order to:
- Investigate the causes and consequences of the violent incident of 30 August 2014 in Ukhrul and the related events, and fix responsibility;
- Review of the long term and repeated imposition of prohibitory orders under Section 144 and related provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code in the Districts of Manipur;
- Recommend remedial measures to be adopted to end the repeated cycle of prohibitory orders by the civil administration that surpasses its powers and denigrates the role of state law enforcement agencies in Manipur; and
- Recommend appropriate redress to afford justice to the victims and their families.
5. The Government of Manipur is to extend an unconditional apology to the citizens of Ukhrul District, and other Districts, in the State of Manipur for its arbitrary actions causing deaths, injuries, displacement, restrictions of fundamental freedoms and civil liberties and psychosocial trauma.
Thank you for your attention and we look forward to your earliest positive response to our recommendations.
(Dr. Laifungbam Debabrata Roy)
President, Elders’ Council
(Dr. Immanuel Zarzosang Varte)
Press Statement Imphal:3rd September,2014
ASSAM RIFLES TO STOP THE TORTURE AND TERRORISATION OF OLD SOMTAL VILLAGE, CHANDEL DISTRICT AND FACILITATE THE IMMEDIATE RETURN OF TWO KUKI FAMILIES ILLEGALLY DRIVEN OUT FROM THE VILLAGE
Centre For Organisation Research and Education strongly condemns the reported bomb blast near the Assam Rifles post located at Old Somtal (Samat) Village in Chandel District in the early morning of 26 August 2014 that was claimed by an armed non-state organisation, and the cruel and inhuman torture and ill-treatment involving the inhabitants of the village by the 3rd Assam Rifles after the bomb attack. According to the news reports, just after the blast, all villagers including children and child bearing women were forced to parade in the rain the whole day till around 8:00 PM without any food or water. Also, it has been reported that during the forced ‘parade’, three persons were brutally assaulted inside a house, acccording the Hueiyen Lanpao. The bomb attack caused panic and traumatised the villagers. Mediapersons who visited the village a few days later reportedly found children and other family members still huddled in great fear inside a small hut without any food after being threatened by the Assam Rifles personnel. The children wept upon seeing the media team. On the next day, on 27 August 2014, charging two villagers, namely Mr Lumkhojam (57 years of age) and Mr Jamkholin (36 years of age) for the bomb attack, it was also reported that their families were expelled from the village under the orders of the post-Commander, one Major Sooter. In the process of the arbitrary forced bansishment, the family of Lumkhojam had to abandon his aged father of about 120 years because he could no longer walk. This illegal inhuman action was taken despite that fact that the village Chief had declared the innocence of the two familes before the Assam Rifles according to the reports. It was also reported that Lumkhojam stated that the villagers have lost their freedom after the arrival of the Assam Rifles in 2007.
The international humanitarian rules of engagement in war stipulates parties involved in the conflict must ensure that no harm must come to civilians. India is a state party to the Geneva Conventions. It is matter of immense pain to CORE that in the name of counter-insurgency operations and management of security threats to the state, India is encouraging localised brutal autocracies in its border areas.
CORE remains deeply concerned for the physical and psychological welfare of all villagers of Old Somtal as well as the prevailing situation of great anxiety and fear. The condition of the members of the forcefully expelled families, especially the children, women and the elderly with respect to their access to shelter, healthcare, clothes, food and water remain a matter of great distress to CORE. We strongly condemn the inhuman torture and ill-treatment of the villagers of Old Somtal perpetrated of the 3rd Assam Rifles according to the reliable sources. It is a clear violation of their human rights. We strongly urge the government of Manipur to take full responsibility to ensure the immediate welfare and rehabilitation of the villagers and the immediate return to their homes of the families forcefully /vevicted by the Assam Rifles. The government of Manipur must ensure that the continuing threats and terrorisation of the villagers by the Assam Rifles are put to an immediate halt and peace restored in the village.
Dr. Immanuel Zarzosang Varte
Press Statement Imphal:30 August, 2014
CORE PRESS STATEMENT ON UKHRUL CALAMITY
Under considerable and sensitive constraints, the Centre for Organisation Research and Education (CORE) Manipur expresses a considerable scorn towards the situation in Ukhrul in Manipur. The ugly state of affairs, and it’s tragic consequences, is a foregone conclusion because of the disgraceful divergent trajectories pursued by the government of Manipur and civil society organisations who think that a conflict can be resolved through untenable positions and supplication to so-called ‘authorities’ far removed from the realities of Manipur.
With increasing fatalities and casualties in Ukhrul, CORE remains deeply concerned that the martial law governance disposition of the Manipur government exposes its abject defeat to address its responsibilities as an answerable executive organ of the state.
CORE appeals to all, including the sensible and astute sections among all citizens, in Ukhrul to refrain from postures and activities that will only result in further violent confrontation. In our view, it is a foregone conclusion that Section 144 of the CrPC has been patently abused in Ukhrul. On the other hand, the aggravation by the leadership of the widely appreciated and respected United Naga Council of Manipur is nakedly uncalled for, and only served to expose its superficial evaluation of the situation and missed an opportunity of a promising constructive role it can play under the circumstances that have tormented the citizens of Ukhrul and its surrounding areas for weeks.
Governments in a democratic system cannot be accused speciously and relentlessly of being ‘communal’ while ignoring the obvious exigency of the present sensitive opinionated scenario prevailing in Ukhrul. The people of Manipur in one voice rejects any communal agenda from any quarter. Provocations designed to detonate a violent and potently incendiary situation cannot, under any circumstances be construed as a struggle for human dignity and rights, under any level of aggravation. The law of the land must prevail including international human rights law, and that must be accepted by all; what is blatantly omitted is an open acknowledgment of responsibility and duties by all parties.
CORE expresses deeply felt condolences of those who lost their lives today in Ukhrul, and appeals to all, especially the government of Manipur to exercise its democratic responsibilities with due diligence in accordance to the highest principles and policies of democracy. The Manipur Police is being injudiciously and excessively exposed to a very partisan situation. CORE urges the Manipur government to immediately withdraw all prohibitory orders in Ukhrul under Section 144 of the CrPC as its justification and legal premises are no longer relevant nor acceptable. An impartial judicial level inquiry must be instituted. The people who have suffered tragically must be compensated and rehabilitated by the government. Responsibility for the use of inappropriate and excessive force by the Police stationed in Manipur must be fixed, and those indicted beyond doubt must be given exemplary disciplinary punishment.
Dr Debabrata Roy Laifungbam
President, of the Elders’ Council
Centre for Organisation Research & Education (CORE)
Mention in the press :
Press Statement Imphal: 9th August,2014
On Saturday, 9 August 2014, at Yaiskul Police Lane (Imphal) CORE with Wari Watai, Indigenous Perspectives and Television and Cine Foundation Manipur are coming together with the support of the Wangolsna Endowment for the Arts and Culture in Manipur to memorialise this day with the book launch of “Clear Hold Build” (Hard Lessons of Business and Human Rights in India) with the author Sudeep Chakravarti, the first screenings of documentary films “Sagolgi Eigi Wari” by Sunzu Bachaspatimayum and “The Unheard Voice” by Siddharth Haobijam (Photo-journalist and volunteer at CORE). A discussion on ILPS and rights of indigenous peoples of Manipur will also be held.
Press Statement Imphal: 16th June 2014
The Centre for Organisation Research and Education (CORE) expresses its outrage regarding the recent news of an Intelligence Bureau’s (IB) classified report “Impact of NGOs on Development” apparently leaked to select national news papers by dragging CORE’s name into an unknown entity by the name ‘Manipur Coalition on Extractives’ while fallaciously alleging the organisation as routing funds through NGOs Chindu and Swadhikar for activism against oil drilling in Manipur and contributing to the negative impact on India’s GDP growth assessed to be 2 – 3 % p.a. The Times of India report by one Bharti Jain titled “Dutch-funded NGO trying to stall oil drilling in northeast: IB report” of 14 June 2014 was also reported again in at least two local English language print media of Manipur on 15 June 2014. We dismiss this reported classified document mentioned in the media, and its alleged contents as a leveling of charges without any evidence to support its claims and an obvious attempt to muzzle the fundamental freedoms of speech and association, the right to information that are guaranteed by the Indian Constitution. We are acutely aware that the leaking of such a classified document is designed to whip up public sentiment and its fictitious allegations made against the organisation may be amounting to outright libel, slander and defamation.
CORE received a small amount last year from Rural Women Upliftment Society (RWUS) as a local resource centre under its time-bound project funded by CORDAID, that ended this June, for community based advocacy on conservation of environment and documentation of natural resources including the setting up of two model green villages in Manipur where many stake holders including village authority, church leaders, students leaders, national security forces stationed locally such as the Assam Rifles, etc., jointly participated to promote environmental awareness and promote green villages for the welfare of communities, their natural environment and ecological sustainability. CORE has no formal or official links with Chindu, Swadikar or CORDAID, as alleged in the media reports, in the past or presently.
CORE an indigenous peoples’ organization, founded in 1987 as a non-profit registered NGO (Government of Manipur Societies Registration Act, 1860 bearing the Registration No. 98 of 24th March, 1987), focusing its activities on the civil, political, cultural, economic and social rights of indigenous peoples of the North East region of India. CORE’s mission is “to work towards recognition and respect for the right to a self determined future, in partnership with the Indigenous Peoples of India, with respect for our ancient inheritance, building on our faith in humanity’s role of trusteeship of resources, in peace with all other peoples.”
CORE is in Special Consultative Relations with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations for the past 9 years (the first NGO to get this status from the North East region of India, there only two NGOs to date with such a status in our region). CORE’s application and status in the UN is examined regularly by the Committee on NGOs of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the UN General Assembly, of which the Government of India is a member. By this status, CORE has access to all meetings and documents of the ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies including the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and the erstwhile Commission on Human Rights (CHR), now the Human Rights Council.
The organisation is certified by the Department of Social Welfare, Government of Manipur as an NGO working in the social welfare sector after fulfilment of prescribed terms and conditions since July 1998. It was registered under the Section 6(1) of the Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act of 1976 since 1997. And the organisation is also exempted from paying income tax under the laws of India. It received the prestigious UNAIDS Civil Society Award in 2006 in recognition of outstanding commitment and support to the national fight against HIV and AIDS. In 2004, it was also the recipient of the prestigious Silver Banner award of Tuscany in Italy for our work in recognition of work in championing the rights of children and women, particularly those that are facing the devastation of armed conflict and war. We work as a human rights defender organisation and all our activities are human rights based, committed to the principles and purposes contained in the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (1993).
In the last about 26 years we have had partners like the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, Norwegian Church Aid, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, FERN, UN Voluntary Fund, May 18 Memorial Foundation, OAK Foundation, La Luz Foundation,Bothends, The Hans Foundation, International Rivers Network, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, etc. Both national and international organisations have been working together with CORE since its inception. As a registered non-profit Non-government organisation, we have been regularly submitting our annual reports and audited annual financial reports to the Income Tax Department of India, Registrar of Societies, Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi, and Intelligence Bureau as required for the past many years. And, we submit quadrennial reports to the UN as mandatory for all the ECOSOC status NGOs.All our activities and other representation to both national and international are in place with all concerned authorities and most are available in the public domain.
Position of CORE on reported IB classified report:
As stated clearly in our mandate, we are for promotion of sustainable and humane development,recognition of all indigenous peoples as a major stakeholders and their meaningful inclusion in development processes that concerns them. Promoting sustainable and wise use of our natural national heritage and empowering the marginalized communities are clearly contributing substantively towards sustainable national growth. Having nothing to say further after gathering all sorts of freely and publicly available tidbits of information on NGOs and funders in India, the IB made a wild claim that Indian GDP had been negatively impacted to the tune of a guesstimated 2 – 3% by some NGOs’ development, awareness and advocacy activities! So this report seems to be an “economically” or ideologically slanted allegation for never in India’s history before has this agency made an economic report, usually the domain of experts in this field. The questions remain, just how and why this civilian agency, without any statutory status or accountability to Parliament, came to make a complex econometric outcome conclusion from such summary information it claims to have gathered for this ‘classified’ report, “Impact of NGOs on Development”, and whose purposes and interests it (the conclusion) may serve by presenting a highly conjectural and biased view. Projecting an indigenous peoples’ human rights defender organisation who works for the welfare of the people of India and the nation itself as an entity working against national interests or national security by imputing false allegations is labelling the organisation as disreputable and disruptive. We demand an immediate clarification from the Intelligence Bureau or we shall be constrained to seek legal opinion. We also seek the cooperation of the media, national and local, to extend to us the right to reply to such allegations making their appearance on their newsprint, and to prominently reflect our position on their news platforms – print and electronic.
(Dr Laifungbam Debabrata Roy) (Dr. Immnanuel Zarzosang Varte) President, Elders’ Council Executive Director
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World Environment Day 2014 Jiribam: 6th June 2014
Centre for Organisation Research and Education (CORE) observed the World Environment Day 2014 on June 5 with the theme “Sustainability Week” at Khangbor Village, Tipaimukh sub-division, Churachandpur district and Kaiphundai Village, Tousem sub-division, Tamenglong District which are the two selected Model Green Villages under the Coalition on Environment and Natural Resources (CENRs) implemented by the Centre for Organisation Research and Education- a constituent member of the coalition.
As part of the observation, the Village Authority members, church elders, students, other stake holders including 27 Assam Rifles participated in the program. The Assam Rifles contributed tree saplings which were planted in the church campus at Kaiphundai village to mark the programme.
At Khangbor Village, village elders, students, church elders and other stake holders attended the program. The day long observation involved meaningful interactions and resolve to share responsibilities on preserving and conserving the environment for future generations to cherish and benefit from. The village elders, leaders and members present agreed to large scale revival of indigenous trees, plants and fruit bearing trees to revive the indigenous ecological habitat holistically while at the same time bringing about socio-economic benefits to the general public. A mini-medical camp was also held in which about 150 people were given medical check up and medicines distributed free of cost.
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