Who We Are:

Dr. Debabrata Roy Laifungbam, President, Elders’ Council: Dr. Laifungbam has served as the Executive Director of CORE from 2006-2013, originally a founding member of CORE in 1987 as its Director of health & human rights, he has also acted as Programme Manager for the Care Project Manipur in cooperation with WHO India and OXFAM, 1994-1996. Since 1997 he has filled the role of Co-Chairperson, Indigenous Peoples’ International Health Committee at the United Nations. In 2009 he helped found the Human to Humane Transcultural Centre for Trauma and Torture (H2H), with in-house clinical psychologists, art and expressive therapists, physiotherapists, spiritual healers and traditional healers in order to provide mental, psychological and social support to victims of torture and trauma as well as their families. The H2H centre presently takes care of over 200 torture survivors and their family members as clients.

Dr. Laifungbam is credited as one of the fathers of the human rights movement in Manipur and today acts as the convener of the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights in Manipur and the United Nations, which today brings together 23 member organizations.

Dr. Immanuel Zarzosang Varte, Executive Director, Centre for Organisation Research and Education: Immanuel holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology with specialization in Tribal Development Studies. He is a Gold Medalist in his Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and 4th Position holder in his Bachelor of Arts from North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya, India. Immanuel over the past two decades as a research scholar, student leader and community leader has worked toward conflict resolution within his own indigenous community as well as among others in India and elsewhere.

He have been carrying out or leading researches on development and related issues through both his academic and extra-curricular engagements in several capacity as a human rights expert, peace-builder, social worker, academician, student leader, executive of non-government organisations and so on. His experience and understanding – both theoretical and practical of development and development related issues are deep and unique.

Apart from being the Executive Director of the Centre for Organisation Research and Education, Immanuel is also currently a Visiting Faculty at Department of Tribal Studies, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University- Regional Campus Manipur. He is also currently the Joint Secretary of the Hmar Inpui (Hmar Supreme House), an apex body of all Hmar-Mizo tribes in India and abroad.

Namdithiu Pamei, Deputy Director: Namdithiu has been with CORE since 2006, leading our field teams and acting as the head of our legal advocacy team. He has a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from North-Eastern Hill University, and a Masters of Arts in Sociology from Madurai Kamaraj University.

Nikola Devi Soraisam, Programme Coordinator: Nikola has been with CORE since 2005, first as Assistant Administrative Officer and later as Administrative Officer for both CORE and H2H.

Sunitibala Devi Takhelmayum, Senior Counsellor: Sunitibala has been with CORE-H2H since 2010, before which she worked as a counselor with the Assam State AIDs Control Society. Sunitibala has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Dhanamanjuri College of Arts and later in 2007 graduated with a Master of Arts in Psychology from Guwahati University. Sunitibala works almost exclusively in the field conducting client visits as well as facilitating additional programmes conducted by H2H and CORE.

Tourangbam Dhanabir Singh, Staff Physiotherapist: Since 2009 Dhanabir has worked with Human to Humane Transcultural Centre for Trauma and Torture, he is also on the steering committee member. He has a degree in Physiotherapy from D.P.T College.


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