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REPORT ON THE AWARENESS CAMP ON HUMAN RIGHTS ON THE OCCASION OF THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY, 2014

February 13, 2015

REPORT

ON

THE AWARENESS CAMP ON HUMAN RIGHTS

ON THE OCCASION OF

THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

VENUE: CONFERENCE HALL, CACHAR ZILLA PARISHAD, SILCHAR

ORGANISED BY:

DISTRICT LEGAL SERVICES AUTHORITY, CACHAR

&

BARAK HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION COMMITTEE, SILCHAR

Date: 10-12-2014

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The District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Cachar, Silchar was pleased to observe the International Human Rights Day on the 10th December, 2014 in collaboration with the Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC), Silchar. The Programme was divided into two main phases, viz. the awareness meeting and Interaction Session. Activists, intellectuals, lawyers and public authorities were invited. The programmme intended to generate awareness on the significance of the day. Moreover it aimed at upholding the testimonies of the victims of human rights violation in front of the Public authorities.

The first session was presided over by the Honourable District and Sessions Judge cum the President of the DLSA, Cachar Mr. Sanjeeb Kumar Sharma. With a brief introductory speech Mr. Sadique Mohammed Laskar, Secretary, BHRPC, Silchar invited the President and the honourable guests to the dais. The meeting hall was full with the audiences from every corner of Cachar district.

Mr. Neharul Ahmed Mazumder, Secretary General, BHRPC elaborated the purpose of the meeting. He introduced the audience with the significance of the International Human Rights Day by presenting a short historical background of the Day and the main theme of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR). He also uncovered the human rights situation in Barak Valley.

Mr. Amitabh Singh Associate Professor, Department of Law, Assam University elaborated the national and international human rights situation in his compact deliberation. He went deep into the causes of social evils and emphasized on the importance of sensitization of the armed forces on human rights.

Mr. Chunilal Bhattacharya, Learned Advocate, District Bar association, Cachar, Silchar went through the history of violence and violation of human rights. He alleged that the United States of America and its allies are responsible for the gross human rights violation on the globe. Supporting his views he cited various examples from the recent and remote history. He also emphasized on a paradigm shift of the developed countries for full realization of the UDHR.

Mr. N. K. Purakayastha, Retired Superintendent of Silchar Medical College and Hospital emphasized on awareness generation on the right to health among the people of Barak Valley. He cited various examples where well established and educated families are seen reluctant about vaccination, surgery, blood donation etc. He also warned about the alarming scenario of decadence of social values which has caused a wide vacuum and violation of the rights of the senior citizens.

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Mr. Mahmud Hussain Barbhuiya, Secretary, DLSA, Cachar in his speech reflected his wide span of knowledge, deep concern for the vulnerable groups and his experiences. He explained the human rights mechanism and the powers and functions of various declarations, covenants, treaties, commissions and courts. He expressed his deep concern over the violation of the right to dignity of the citizens in government offices. He explained how a person is humiliated whenever s/he approaches public authorities to enjoy his/her rights or to get justice. He also emphasized on the awareness generation among the people regarding their rights and duties.

The President in his speech explained the role of judiciary in protecting human rights. He commented that the section 30 of the Protection of Human Rights Act is a vague one as it has no provision for punishment. However he elaborated the process of District Human Rights Courts and invited people to enjoy the provisions.

The CEO, Cachar Zilla Parishad, Ms Dipshikha Dey and the PD, Cachar DRDA, Mr. Naresh Ghose were present in the dais.

The next session i.e., the Interaction Session started. It was announced by the President and Mr. Sadique Mohammed Laskar was requested to anchor the session. As soon as the session started the CEO, Cachar Zilla Parishad and the PD of Cachar DRDA moved down and started going out of the hall. They were requested personally and over the microphone to stay and to respond the public grievances. But they neither felt the need to stay nor to give any excuse. This created an apparent dissatisfaction among the audience. The anchor commented that that was how the public authorities escape from the public. No other public authority attended the session. However the victims of human rights violation continued to express their grievances and the respected guests offered them legal advices.

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Mrs. Rina Begum Barbhuiya of village Chandrapur, complained that she is not getting a dwelling house under IAY and Apna Ghar Scheme. she also alleged that these houses are allotted to the rich people in exchange of bribe while she is deprived though she does not have an adequate house. Mr. Mahmud Hussain Barbhuiya advised her to approach the DSLA, Cachar.

Mr. Nirmal Kumar Das, a human rights defender pointed out the inconvenience created by traffic jam in Silchar town and he sought legal measures. The District and Sessions Judge advised him to lodge a complaint in this regard.

Mr. Bikash Bhattacharya, a member motor driver association alleged that The drivers are harassed by the Transport office authorities and the police when they apply for getting or renewing a driving license. Mr. Sanjeeb Singh brought to book the situation of the tea laborers, Mr. Faruk Hussain Laskar an activist pointed out that lack of evidence is an obstacle in the way of justice for the victims of molestation. Mr. Ayan Deb pointed out that the survivors of language martyrs are suffering a lot. Many others also sought legal action against corrupt practices by the government officials. The resource persons advised them to utilize the provisions of Legal Services Authority. Some of the participants expressed their agony over the lengthy legal procedure. The anchor emphasized on the necessity of activist attitude, perseverance and creating network of NGOs.

 

The meeting ended with the address from the chair and vote of thanks.

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Survivors of TOV felicitated as a part of therapeutic intervention at Silchar, Assam

January 2, 2012
Survivors of TOV felicitated as a part of therapeutic intervention at Silchar, Assam

Survivors of TOV felicitated as a part of therapeutic intervention at Silchar, Assam

On the International Human Rights Day on 10 December, 2011 Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC) conducted a programme to felicitate the survivors of torture and organized violence (TOV) at Banga Bhawan, Silchar (Assam) as a part of the therapeutic intervention. The felicitation programme was a joint event with a public discussion on the human rights situation in Barak valley and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights conducted to observe the International Human Rights Day. 14 survivors were ceremonially honored by the eminent persons of the valley. The event was chaired by Mr. Manindra Sankar Gupta, chairperson of BHRPC.

 At the outset Mr. Sadique Mohammed Laskar, joint secretary of BHRPC introduced the audience with the concept and methodology of testimonial therapy and its effectiveness in the fight against torture.

Survivors of TOV felicitated as a part of therapeutic intervention at Silchar, Assam

Survivors of TOV felicitated as a part of therapeutic intervention at Silchar, Assam

 A printed booklet containing the Bengali translation of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights was distributed among the audience. Mr. Neharul Ahmed Mazumder (Secretary General of BHRPC) elaborated some parts of the UDHR and informed the audience about various laws against torture. He added that democracy is possible only in a torture free environment. Mr. Imad Uddin Bulbul emphasized on the fact that BHRPC was working to makeBarakValleyfree from all forms of torture and ill treatment.

 Mr. Faruk Ahmed Barbhuiya, member of BHRPC read the testimony of Mr. Ranjit Roy who was the victim of torture by the personnel of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Mr. Ranjit Roy is a shopkeeper who survived from the jaws of death. Mr. Roy was called upon the stage and honored with garlands and Uttaria (Shawl), at the same time slogans against torture as well as slogans hailing Mr. Roy’s struggle for justice raised in the hall. Mr. Imad Uddin Bulbul handed over the beautifully printed testimony to Mr. Ranjit Roy. The hall was filled with claps and slogans. Ranjit also delivered a short speech.

 Mr. Nehar Uddin’s testimony was read by Mr. Mrinal Kanti Shome. He was tortured by his neighbours and lost his mental and physical strength. His wife was also raped. He was a day labourer and a very poor person. However, the police was allegedly negligent to their complaint. His wife’s testimony was read earlier in private. Both of them were honoured with garlands and Shawls. Their testimonies were handed over by Mr. Manindra Sankar Gupta and Ms Bithika Acharya. The hall filled with the loud sounds of claps and slogans.

 Mr. Hussain Ahmed Laskar, a poor mason apprentice, was tortured by the personnel of the Indian Army in front of his family members and in Army camp. Hussain lost his physical and mental strength. His testimony was read by Asab Uddin Barlaskar and thereafter he was called upon on the stage and honored. His testimony was handed over by Mr. Abid Raja Majumder.

Survivors of TOV felicitated as a part of therapeutic intervention at Silchar, Assam

Survivors of TOV felicitated as a part of therapeutic intervention at Silchar, Assam

 Mr. Choudhury Charan Gorh, an activist who was tortured by an organized group of miscreants for protesting against corruption. His testimony was read by Aftabur Rahman and was handed over by Mr Abid Raja Majumder.

 Mr. Nurul Alom Laskar, a driver by work, was tortured by the CRPF personnel. His testimony was read by Miss Sarmila Singha and was handed over by Mr Mujammil Ali Laskar.

 Mr. Ataur Rahman Majumder, a teacher, was tortured by the Indian Army personnel. His testimony was read by Miss Nasim Akhtar Majumder and was handed over by Mr Mujammil Ali Laskar.

 Mr. Surman Ali Laskar, a farmer, was tortured by the Indian Army personnel. His testimony was read by Miss Perbin Sultana and was handed over by Mr. Makabbir Ali Barbhuiya.

 Mr. Riaz Uddin Choudhury was tortured by the Indian Army personnel. His testimony was read by Mr. Najir Hussain Laskar and was handed over by Ms Bithika Acharya.

 Mr. Raju Kar was tortured by the Indian Army personnel. His testimony was read by Mr. Biswajit Das and was handed over by Mr Imad Uddin Bulbul.

Survivors of TOV felicitated as a part of therapeutic intervention at Silchar, Assam on 10 December, 2011

Survivors of TOV felicitated as a part of therapeutic intervention at Silchar, Assam on 10 December, 2011

Mr. Alom Hussain Barbhuiya, a businessman, was tortured by the Indian Army personnel. His testimony was read by Mr. Abdul Wakil and was handed over by Mr Shourindra Kumar Bhattacharya.

 Mr. Sams Uddin Laskar, a student, was tortured by the Indian Army personnel. His testimony was read by Mr. Snigdha Nath and was handed over by Mr Manindra Sankar Gupta.

 Mrs. Kimati Rani Das a housewife and a victim of domestic violence by her in-laws. Her testimony was handed over by Ms Bithika Acharya.

 Mr. Shyamendra Malakar, a victim of torture by organized group of miscreants nurtured by the political bigwigs and hence allegedly backed by the police, was also felicitated.

 Each of them was called upon the stage and honoured with garland and Shawl. The audience loaded the hall with the sounds of claps and slogans.

 Miss Mina Begum a victim already honoured delivered a short speech describing how she came out of trauma by testimony therapy. Some eminent persons and activists   delivered speeches on various aspects of human rights and the works of BHRPC.

Survivors of TOV felicitated as a part of therapeutic intervention at Silchar, Assam on 10 December, 2011

Survivors of TOV felicitated as a part of therapeutic intervention at Silchar, Assam on 10 December, 2011

The World Human Rights Day observed in a unique way

December 11, 2011
The World Human Rights Day observed in a unique way

The World Human Rights Day observed in a unique way

BHRPC to observe fasting and demonstration for repeal of AFSPA

November 2, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Statement, October 02, 2011

 

BHRPC to observe fasting and demonstration for repeal of AFSPA

Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC), a voluntary organization for human rights working in Assam, in co-operation with Cachar Human Rights Organisation (CHRO) is organizing a one day symbolic fast and demonstration from 9am to 5pm on 5 November, 2011 in front of the district head quarters at Silchar (Assam, India) in demand of repeal of the draconian law called the Armed Forces (Special Power) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) in solidarity with the nationwide campaign of Save Democracy Repeal AFSPA to mark the 11th year of epic fast of iconic human rights defender and poet-journalist Irom Chanu Sharmila of Manipur.

The AFSPA is a piece of colonial legislation which gives the armed forces of India unfettered power: (i) to use lethal force even to the causing of death on civilians on mere suspicion that they may cause breach of any law or order, (ii) to search any dwelling places by breaking them on mere suspicion without warrant and (ii) to arrest people without warrant and to keep them in custody for unspecified time and the Act also bars the judiciary to question any acts of the armed forces operating under the Act in areas declared disturbed under the Act. The Act is in force in parts of North East includingAssam for more than five decades and a version of the Act inJammu and Kashmir for more than two decades. The Act violates the spirit and values of the Constitution of India, universally accepted human rights standards and democratic norms. Government appointed committees including the one chaired by Justice Jeevan Reddy also found the Act undesirable and unambiguously recommended for its repeal.

Actions taken under the Act caused hundreds of extra-judicial killings, rapes, torture, enforced disappearances putting the people living in the AFSPA affected area under terror, affecting normal governance and defeating democracy. Civil society groups across North East and from the other parts of the country advocating and agitating for repeal of the Act. The most emblematic protest has been carrying out by Irom Sharmila who has been on hunger strike since 5 November, 2000 in demand of the repeal of the Act. She is continuously arrested and re-arrested on charges attempt to commit suicide and forcibly fed through a nasal tube by the prison wardens.

BHRPC urges the people of the region to participate in the symbolic fast and demonstration of 5 November, 2011 in solidarity with Irom Sharmila and Save Democracy Repeal AFSPA campaign in demand of repeal of the Act and investigation of human rights violation allegations.

For more information contact:

Waliullah Ahmed Laskar

M: 09401942234,

Email: wali.laskar@gmail.com

Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC)

Rongpur Part IV, Silchar-9,

Assam, India

Survivors of torture honoured as a therapeutic intervention

October 4, 2011

A ten-days long workshop on Testimonial Therapy of the survivors of torture and organized violence was comducted at Silchar, Cachar, Assam. As a part of the workshop a ceremony to honour the survivors of torture and organized violence, who are struggling for justice was held at Banga Bhavan, Silchar on the 13th September, 2011. The program was organized by the joint endeavors of Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC), Peoples Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR), Rehabilitation and Research Center for Torture Victims (RCT) and National Alliance on Testimony Therapy (NATT). Eminent personalities of the locality attended the Honor Ceremony. The meeting was presided over by Mr. Manindra Sankar Gupta (Retd. ACS), the Chairperson of BHRPC.

 At the outset Mr. Sadique Mohammed Laskar , the Joint Secretary of BHRPC, delivered the welcome address, and also gave a brief idea on Testimony Therapy. The president took chair and thereafter Mr. Lenin Raghubanshi, Secretary General and Director of PVCHR, Ms Sirin Sabana Khan of PVCHR, and Mr. Imad Uddin Bulbul took chairs at the dais.

 Mr. Neharul Ahmed Mazumder, Secretary General of BHRPC, delivered his speech on the purpose of Testimony Therapy and the Honor Ceremony. He dwelt on the need of psychological rehabilitation of the traumatized survivors of torture and organsed violence which aspect is neglected in human rights works. Hence, there was an urgent need for such type of trainings to serve the victims in a better way.

 Ms. Shirin Sabana Khan in her very brief speech told about the experiences of working with BHRPC, and about the pattern of torture and human rights violation in the valley. She also added that there remained a lot to work with BHRPC. Ms. Khan further told about various aspects of testimony therapy.

 Mr. Nirmal Kumar Das, member of BHRPC, read out the testimony of Mr. Kalam Uddin Choudhury, who is a survivor of torture by the personnel of the Indian Army. Though all the doors are shut by the human rights institutions of India, still Kalam is fighting for justice in legal forum and trying to attract the helping hands of the organizations and individuals. Mr. Kalam is a poor mason apprentice and lost his mental and physical strength to a large extent after the excruciating experience of torture. Kalam was called upon on the stage and honored with garlands and Uttaria (shawl), at the same time slogans against torture as well as slogans hailing Kalam’s struggle for justice raised in the hall. Mr. Lenin Raghubanshi handed over the beautifully printed testimony to Mr. Kalam Uddin Choudhury, The hall was filled with claps and slogans.

 The testimony of Miss Mina Begum Choudhury, a secondary victim of organized violence was read by Miss Chaya Kumari, a member of PVCHR. Mina lost her brother in this incident, and her parents alongwith her uncle also faced inhuman torture. She lost her property and shelter. Still she is facing hard as her opponents are very close to the heavyweight political leaders of the locality. Mina got warm welcome when she appeared on the stage with loud slogans, claps, garlands and uttaria. Miss Sirin Sabana Khan handed over the testimony to Mina, which was beautifully printed.

 The testimony of Mrs. Alimun Nessa, another survivor of torture, was read out by Sadique mohammed Laskar. Alimun Nessa lost her husband due to cruel inhuman torture in police custody. The torture to which her husband was subjected was witnessed by her. The human rights institutions has never paid heed to her complaints seriously, though all the enquiries conducted into the incident found the involved policemen guilty. Alimun, in spite of, all limitations such poverty and ignorance is still fighting for justice.

 Mr. Parvez Khasru Laskar read out the testimony of Mr. Fariz Uddin Barbhuiya, who was tortured by the personnel of 147 Battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) with his family members. Fariz is a retired CRPF personnel himself and runs his business near his house situated opposite to the CRPF camp. Fariz got warm welcome with slogan against torture and praising his bravery. He was honored with garlands and uttaria (shawl). The Chairperson then handed over the beautifully printed testimony to Mr. Fariz. He then delivered a speech thanking the organizers. He added that he has got half justice after being able to express his feelings in such a forum, and that he has got energy to expedite his fight for justice.

 Mr. Waliullah Ahmed Laskar, a member of BHRPC, delivered his short speech on various provisions of national and international laws against torture. He also added that the impact of torture on individuals and in society is very serious, it creates trauma in individual and mass mind.

 After that Mr. Dholu Mia Choudhury, father of Mr. Kalam Uddin Choudhury was escorted to the stage by Mr. Abdul Rahman Laskar and Mr. Abul Hussain Barlaskar, members of BHRPC. He was welcomed with garlands, Uttaria (shawl) and loud claps and slogans from the audience. Mr. Dholu Mia, a secondary victim of torture had the bitter experience of torture, when he saw his son, the only earning member of his family paralyzed after torture by the personnel of Indian Army. He received his beautifully printed and decorated testimony from Mr. Imad Uddin Bulbul.

 Mrs. Aftarun Nessa Barbhuiya, wife of Mr. Fariz Uddin Barbhuiya, a secondary victim was escorted to the stage by N. Kamalini and Sarmila Singha, members of BHRPC. She received warm welcome with garlands, Uttaria, claps and slogans. She received her testimony from Ms. Shirin Sabana Khan, which was beautifully printed and decorated.

 Mr. Imad Uddin Bulbul, advocate and Legal Advisor of BHRPC delivered his speech. He told that torture victims must raise their voices and testimony therapy will help to uphold the suppressed voices. He also added that BHRPC has crossed many hurdles, and it will do a lot with PVCHR and RCT.

 Mr. Anup Kumar Choudhury (Advocate) and Mr. Shyamal Dey (social activist) delivered their speeches and appreciated the organizers for arranging such a unique program in the valley.

 Mr. Lenin Raghubanshi delivered a pithy speech where he expressed the experiences of working with BHRPC. He cited various examples of victims becoming activists after testimony therapy, and encouraged the survivors to raise their voice against torture. He also brought to light the various issues and problems in Barak Valley.

 The meeting ended after the address from the chair and vote of thanks.

Sadique Mohammed Laskar

Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC)

Silchar, Assam

18 September, 2011

Assam: Honour ceremony of torture victims at Silchar

September 20, 2011

Honouring survivors of torture and organised violence as a part of therapeutic intervention

Views from the Honour Ceremony of survivors of torture and organised violence that was held at Silchar, Assam on 13 September, 2011. The event was organised by Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC), People s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) with support from Rehabilitation and Research Centre (RCT) at Banga Bhavan, Sadarghat Road, Silchar. As a part of testimonial therapy 8 survivors of torture by law enforcement officials, security forces, domestic violence and organised violence were honoured with garland, shawl by Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi and Shirin Saban Khan of PVCHR, Manindra Shankar Gupta and Imad Uddin Bulbul of BHRPC. The testimonies of the survivors were also read out and delivered to them. (Part-1)

Views from the Honour Ceremony of survivors of torture and organised violence that was held at Silchar, Assam on 13 September, 2011. The event was organised by Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC), People s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) with support from Rehabilitation and Research Centre (RCT) at Banga Bhavan, Sadarghat Road, Silchar. As a part of testimonial therapy 8 survivors of torture by law enforcement officials, security forces, domestic violence and organised violence were honoured with garland, shawl by Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi and Shirin Saban Khan of PVCHR, Manindra Shankar Gupta and Imad Uddin Bulbul of BHRPC. The testimonies of the survivors were also read out and delivered to them. (Part-2)

Views from the Honour Ceremony of survivors of torture and organised violence that was held at Silchar, Assam on 13 September, 2011. The event was organised by Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC), People s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) with support from Rehabilitation and Research Centre (RCT) at Banga Bhavan, Sadarghat Road, Silchar. As a part of testimonial therapy 8 survivors of torture by law enforcement officials, security forces, domestic violence and organised violence were honoured with garland, shawl by Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi and Shirin Saban Khan of PVCHR, Manindra Shankar Gupta and Imad Uddin Bulbul of BHRPC. The testimonies of the survivors were also read out and delivered to them. (Part-3)

Views from the Honour Ceremony of survivors of torture and organised violence that was held at Silchar, Assam on 13 September, 2011. The event was organised by Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC), People s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) with support from Rehabilitation and Research Centre (RCT) at Banga Bhavan, Sadarghat Road, Silchar. As a part of testimonial therapy 8 survivors of torture by law enforcement officials, security forces, domestic violence and organised violence were honoured with garland, shawl by Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi and Shirin Saban Khan of PVCHR, Manindra Shankar Gupta and Imad Uddin Bulbul of BHRPC. The testimonies of the survivors were also read out and delivered to them. (Part-4)

Views from the Honour Ceremony of survivors of torture and organised violence that was held at Silchar, Assam on 13 September, 2011. The event was organised by Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC), People s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) with support from Rehabilitation and Research Centre (RCT) at Banga Bhavan, Sadarghat Road, Silchar. As a part of testimonial therapy 8 survivors of torture by law enforcement officials, security forces, domestic violence and organised violence were honoured with garland, shawl by Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi and Shirin Saban Khan of PVCHR, Manindra Shankar Gupta and Imad Uddin Bulbul of BHRPC. The testimonies of the survivors were also read out and delivered to them. (Part-5)

Views from the Honour Ceremony of survivors of torture and organised violence that was held at Silchar, Assam on 13 September, 2011. The event was organised by Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC), People s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) with support from Rehabilitation and Research Centre (RCT) at Banga Bhavan, Sadarghat Road, Silchar. As a part of testimonial therapy 8 survivors of torture by law enforcement officials, security forces, domestic violence and organised violence were honoured with garland, shawl by Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi and Shirin Saban Khan of PVCHR, Manindra Shankar Gupta and Imad Uddin Bulbul of BHRPC. The testimonies of the survivors were also read out and delivered to them. (Part-6)

Views from the Honour Ceremony of survivors of torture and organised violence that was held at Silchar, Assam on 13 September, 2011. The event was organised by Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC), People s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) with support from Rehabilitation and Research Centre (RCT) at Banga Bhavan, Sadarghat Road, Silchar. As a part of testimonial therapy 8 survivors of torture by law enforcement officials, security forces, domestic violence and organised violence were honoured with garland, shawl by Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi and Shirin Saban Khan of PVCHR, Manindra Shankar Gupta and Imad Uddin Bulbul of BHRPC. The testimonies of the survivors were also read out and delivered to them. (Part-7)

Views from the Honour Ceremony of survivors of torture and organised violence that was held at Silchar, Assam on 13 September, 2011. The event was organised by Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC), People s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) with support from Rehabilitation and Research Centre (RCT) at Banga Bhavan, Sadarghat Road, Silchar. As a part of testimonial therapy 8 survivors of torture by law enforcement officials, security forces, domestic violence and organised violence were honoured with garland, shawl by Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi and Shirin Saban Khan of PVCHR, Manindra Shankar Gupta and Imad Uddin Bulbul of BHRPC. The testimonies of the survivors were also read out and delivered to them. (Part-8)

BHRPC to continue its fight for human rights

September 14, 2011

BHRPC to continue its fight for human rights

Special Correspondent

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SILCHAR, Sept 13: Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC) since its inception in 2002 has been fighting for upholding the cause of human rights and its protection. Whenever, there is report of violation of human rights, the Committee through its fact finding team after thorough investigation takes up the case at the national and international forums for effective check and initiation of action against the guilty and justice to the victim of torture, pointed out Neharul Ahmed Mazumdar, secretary general of the Committee, while addressing the gathering on the occasion of the ‘honour ceremony of the torture victims’ held at Banga Bhavan here today in association with the People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR), Varanasi, and Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victim (RCT), Copenhagen, Denmark.

BHRPC has been working against all odds, but it is universally acknowledged that ‘truth ultimately prevails’. With the active support of PVCHR and RCT, Barak Committee after receiving specific complaints goes deeper into the circumstances and related facts to unravel the truth and works out strategy to give justice to the victims. At this ceremony, ten men and women who were victims of domestic violence, torture by security forces as well as other forms of human rights abuses were honoured. These victims of torture were enlisted after their ‘testimonial therapy’ in a eight-day-long session for point to point scrutiny and examination of their statements.

Neharul Ahmed Mazumdar added to say that the sense of security infused in them, in fact, empowers them to the bold and assert their rights for self-defence. He pointed out most of the victims are from the economically backward and minority communities. It is most unfortunate, as he said, laws are used and misused for oppression and suppression. Security forces are often misguided and misused by persons with malafide intentions to score personal gain. The ‘Honour Ceremony’ pointed out Manindra Shankar Gupta, chairman of BHRPC, said would embolden the victims to join the fight against injustice and torture caused by the various forms of violence. Chief Guest on the occasion Lenim Raghuvanshi, secretary general PVCHR, and Shirin Sabana Khan of PVCHR, addressing the assembly said that with the cooperation of people in general, the crusade against violation of human rights could be more strengthened and a world could be created through mass awakening and resolve free from torture and violence. It was their optimism that with the world wide voice against such criminal acts, it could become a reality, and not remain a dream.

Published in the Sentinel, Assam at: http://www.sentinelassam.com/cachar/story.php?sec=2&subsec=12&id=89712&dtP=2011-09-14&ppr=1#89712

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Honour Ceremony of the Survivors of Torture and Organised Violence

September 11, 2011

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Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC) in association with the People s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR), a human rights organization based at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, is going to organize an honour ceremony of the survivors of torture and organized violence (ToV) on 13 September 2011 at Banga Bavan, Sadarghat Road, Silchar with the support of the Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victim (RCT), Copenhagen, Denmark.

 Some of the victims of torture from Barak valley will be honoured by Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi, Executive Director, PVCHR in the ceremony. Ms Shirin Sabana Khan f the PVCHR will also attend this ceremony. The Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police of the three districts have also been invited.

 You are cordially invited to the event and requested to grace the same with your presence.

 Best Regards

Yours sincerely

Neharul Ahmed Mazumder

Seceatry General

Venue: Banga Bhavan, Sadarghat Road, Silchar-1

Date: 13 September, 2011 (Tuesday)

Time: 11am onwards

Rights groups demand release of Akhil Gogoi

July 2, 2011
Demonstration demanding release of Akhil Gogoi in Silchar on 1 July, 2011 (5)

Demonstration demanding release of Akhil Gogoi in Silchar on 1 July, 2011 (5)

About two hundred social activists and human rights defenders, representing 15 mass organizations working in Barak valley of Assam, gathered in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s Office of Cachar district at Silchar in a demonstration on 1 July 2011 to demand immediate release of Mr. Akhil Gogoi, general secretary of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, Assam (KMSS). Mr. Gogoi was arrested by Assam police on 24 June, 2011 for his alleged role in the rioting of the landless protestors who were demonstrating against eviction drive of the government of Assam on 22 June, 2011 in Guwahati. The peaceful rally of the landless people who settled in the forest areas of the periphery of Guwahat turned violent allegedly at the provocation of the law enforcement officials. The police opened fire and killed 3 persons including a passer-by child. Many people sustained serious injuries.

Demonstration demanding release of Akhil Gogoi in Silchar on 1 July, 2011 (1)

Demonstration demanding release of Akhil Gogoi in Silchar on 1 July, 2011 (1)

The demonstration at Silchar called by Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC) along with other 15 mass organisations, who came together to fight against corruption and injustices in Barak valley including Asom Mozuri Sramik Union, Kishan Bikash Samiti, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, Center for Integrated Rural Development, Chorus, Shwaviman, Srikona Club, Kalpataru Club etc., submitted a representation to the DC addressed to the Prime Minister of India demanding immediate release of Mr. Gogoi, prompt and impartial enquiry into the incident by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), payment of an adequate amount of money as ex-gratia to the family members of the deceased and adequate medical care and compensation to the injured.

The memorandum says that it is an act of violation of human rights to keep a person in custody or in detention without any conviction or any reasonable cause. The activists say, circumstances surrounding the incident and subsequent actions of the government indicate that the reasons for arrest of Mr. Gogoi is his work as the general secretary of KMSS. According to them, Mr. Gogoi is a prominent human rights defender, right to information activist and a crusader against corruption in the state. His human rights and RTI work and protest against anti-people and repressive government policies tend to expose the government before national and international communities and cause embarrassment. The government, therefore, wanted to muffle his protesting voice.

Demonstration demanding release of Akhil Gogoi in Silchar on 1 July, 2011 (2)

Demonstration demanding release of Akhil Gogoi in Silchar on 1 July, 2011 (2)

They claim that the government of Assam can not be trusted to conduct an impartial investigation into the matters. Because, according to them, Mr. Gogoi is being victimised by the same government. The incident of 22 June, 2011 must be thoroughly investigated by the CBI promptly and impartially. The memorandum further says that the investigation must encompass the roles of police officers and other law enforcement officials. Mr. Akhil Gogoi and any other persons must not be remain and taken in custody until and unless they are found guilty of offences in a trial consistent  with the International Human Rights Standards by an independent and impartial judiciary and based on the evidence gathered in an impartial and trust-worthy investigation.

Another separate memorandum has also been filed to the DC regarding anomaly and corruption in the survey and preparation of the list of people living Below Poverty Line, Public Distribution System and National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

Neharul Ahmed Mazumder

Srecretary General

Demonstration demanding release of Akhil Gogoi in Silchar on 1 July, 2011 (3)

Demonstration demanding release of Akhil Gogoi in Silchar on 1 July, 2011 (3)

Demonstration demanding release of Akhil Gogoi in Silchar on 1 July, 2011 (7) Handing over the memorandum to Mr. SK Das, ADC

Demonstration demanding release of Akhil Gogoi in Silchar on 1 July, 2011 (7) Handing over the memorandum to Mr. SK Das, ADC

Demonstration demanding release of Akhil Gogoi in Silchar on 1 July, 2011 (4)

Demonstration demanding release of Akhil Gogoi in Silchar on 1 July, 2011 (4)

BHRPC to hold demonstration on Akhil Gogoi

July 1, 2011

The Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC) along with other fifteen mass organisations, which came together to fight against corruption and injustices in Barak Valley (Assam), including Asom Mozuri Sramik Union, Kishan Bikash Samiti, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, Center for Integrated Rural Development, Choras, Shwaviman, Srikona Club, Kalpataru Club etc. will hold demonstration in front of the Office of the District Magistrate of Cachar at Silchar on 1 July 2011 to register their protest against unjustified arrest of Mr. Akhil Gogoi, General Secretary of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti by the Assam Police on 24 June, 2011 in connection with his alleged role in the incident of 22 June, 2011. The landless settlers in various forest areas on the periphery of the city of Guwahati held demonstration on 22 June, 2011 in protest against the government’s decision to evict them from their homes. The demonstration apparently turned violent on the provocation of law enforcement officials and resulted in death of three persons including an innocent child. Many other persons sustained serious injurious. The organisations will also file a joint memorandum to the District Magistrate addressed to the Prime Minister of India with copies to other authorities including the Chief Minister of Assam demanding immediate release of Mr. Gogoi, prompt and impartial enquiry into the incident by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and immediate payment of an adequate amount of money as ex-gratia to the family members of the deceased and adequate compensation to the injured.

BHRPC thinks it is an act of violation of human rights to keep a person in custody or in detention without any conviction or any reasonable cause. BHRPC believes, as the circumstances indicate, the reasons for arrest of Mr. Gogoi is his work as the general secretary of KMSS. Mr. Gogoi is a prominent human rights defender, right to information activist and a crusader against corruption  in the state. His human rights and RTI work and protest against anti-people and repressive government policies tend to expose the government before national and international communities and cause embarrassment. The government of Assam can not be trusted by the people to conduct an impartial investigation into the matters. Because, it is believed, Mr. Gogoi is being victimised by the same Govt.

The incident of 22 June, 2011 must be thoroughly investigated by the CBI promptly and impartially, because people still have some faith in this organisation. The investigation must encompass the roles of police officers and other law enforcement officials. Mr. Akhil Gogoi and any other persons must not be remain and taken in custody until and unless they are found guilty of offences in a trial consistent  with the International Human Rights Standards by an independent and impartial judiciary and based on the evidence gathered in an impartial and trust-worthy investigation.

Another Separate Memorandum will also be submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, Cachar regarding corruption in Public Distribution System (PDS) of Food and Civil Supply Department.

28 June, 2011, Silchar, Assam

N A Mazumder,