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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

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Honour Ceremony of the Survivors of Torture and Organised Violence

September 11, 2011

(Click here to view videos of the event)

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

BHRPC denounces crackdown on anti corruption protest

June 7, 2011

Press Statement

For immediate release

07 June, 2011, Silchar

 

BHRPC to fast to denounce crackdown on anti corruption protest

Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC) strongly denounces the unnecessary use of brutal police force that led to injuries to about 70 protestors against corruption at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi in the early hours of 5 June, 2011, and demands a prompt and impartial investigation into the incident. However, BHRPC does not share, like many other human rights organizations, the political, social and economic vision of Swami Ramdev and considers many of his demands and rhetoric as highly objectionable and ill-advised, but feels that everybody should stand for all others’ right to peaceful protest, freedom from torture and ill-treatment and right to life.

 BHRPC also condemns the prohibitory orders by the Delhi police under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973 (CrPC) under the jurisdiction of New Delhi district with a view to disrupt the announced peaceful protest and fast by Anna Hazare and activists of the India Against Corruption (IAC) movement on 8 June, 2011 at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.

 In solidarity with IAC, members of BHRPC along with other 20 organisations will fast on 8 June, 2011 in Silchar (Assam) in solidarity with the nationwide movement against corruption led by Anna Hazare and other movements against violations of human rights, repression and injustices. BHRPC urges the people of Assam, particularly the residents of Barak valley, to join the country in protest against repression of people’s voices by force and in demand of an effective anti-corruption institution under the proposed Jan Lokpal Bill.

 BHRPC considers that the use of force must be in accordance with the strict necessity to uphold peace and human rights. The right to life and freedom from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and right to freedom of the thought and expression which includes right to dissent and right to protest are enshrined in the constitution of India as well as provided in international human rights law and standards, including in treaties binding on India, particularly the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), ratified by the country in 1979. These cannot be violated by the government as has been done in this case.

 BHRPC has been witnessing with concern the increasing tendency of excessive use of force and highhandedness of the governments in dealing with peaceful protest against injustices and anti-people government policies throughout the country including opening fire on the protest against nuclear power project at Jaitapur, Maharastra killing one; deployment of heavy police force against the villagers opposing forcible land acquisition for the POSCO project in Jagatsinghpur, Orissa; illegal arrest of Akhil Gogoi, secretary general of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti in Guwahati, Assam on 10 April, 2011 while addressing a press conference.

 BHRPC believes that the struggle against corruption can not be separated from the struggle for a democratic India that respects human rights and the rule of law. It is simultaneously a struggle against privatisation, against neo-liberal policies, against draconian laws like AFSPA and the sedition law, against state crackdowns on dissenting voices and against corporate dictation of government policies. It is simultaneously a struggle to defend the lives and livelihoods of millions of people across the country.

Neharul Ahmed Mazumder

Secretary General

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Peoples’ March Against Corruption

April 30, 2011

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Peoples’ March Against Corruption

In Silchar, Assam

At …. , on 1 May 2011

Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC) and other 20 odd grassroots organizations working in Barak valley in Assam invite the citizens of India residing in Barak valley to join a Peoples’ March Against Corruption to be started approximately at 4 pm on 1 May 2011 from below the statue of Shaheed Khudiram at Dakbangla, Silchar, Assam. The march will end at below the statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at Rangirkhari, Silchar covering about 4 km.

The march is organized to show support and solidarity with the movement launched and led by India Against Corruption for an effective legislation to constitute a Lokpal (Ombudsman) at the centre to fight against corruption. It is also to express peoples’ denunciation to the smear campaign launched by corrupt forces against the senior advocate Mr. Prashant Bhushan and his father former law minister Mr. Shanti Bhushan, who are the members of the joint committee to draft a Lokpal Bill constituted by the government, and other members of the committee.

The recent outpouring of public outrage at corruption and support to the campaign for a strong Lokpal Bill appears to have made some sections of politicians, the media and the business interests that control both, afraid and desperate.  They are trying to weaken the movement, and particularly, to discredit the joint committee by indulging in personal attacks on the civil society members. Instead of debating the details of the proposed Lokpal Bill, and deliberating ways of making it more effective and people friendly and invention of other measures of curbing corruption, they are focused on character assassination of members of the Committee.

In Assam there is already a Lukayukta (State Ombudsman) in existence since 1989 constituted under the Assam Lokayukta and Upa-Lokayuktas Act, 1985. However, its existence is only in papers. Legally it is ineffective and practically dysfunctional. Corruption in Assam is, by no means, lesser in amount of money involved or its effect in defeating the rule of law and justice than what is happening in the rest of the country. Assam needs to amend its Lokayukta Act in line with the Jan Lokpal Bill, as it will be shaped in its final version, to make it effective.

Moreover, corruption needs to be fought in other fronts also. A strong and effective Lokpal can only provide deterrence and disincentives for corruption by investigating and prosecuting the corrupt officials and politicians. Thus, it can only check the supply side of corruption. There is a huge demand of corruption from giant corporations that came into existence due to the privatization of essential services and natural resources under the name of liberalization. It is not possible to curb corruption without changing the government policies.

Mass organizations and masses of Barak valley will march to draw the attention of leadership of the movement to these issues and to the fact that they don’t need to be distracted by the diversionary tactics as people from the remotest of the corners of the country are with them.

Convener Organisations:

1. Asom Majuri Shramik Union

Silchar, Cachar, Assam.

2. Barak Human Rights Protection Committee

   Silchar, Cachar, Assam.

3. Krishan Bikash Samiti

   Banskandi, Cachar, Assam.

4. Centre for Integrated Rural Development (CIRD)

    Srikona, Cachar, Assam.

5. Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti

Silchar, Cacahr, Assam.

6. Cachar Jamiot Ulema Hind

    Silchar, Cachar, Assam.

7. Ever green Society

    Silchar, Cachar, Assam.

8. Nari Mukti Sangta

 Silchar, Cachar, Assam.

9. Srikona Club

    Srikona Club, Cachar, Assam

10. Chours, Drama Organisations

      Silchar, Cachar, Assam

11. SC, ST Student Development Forum

      Assam University, Silchar, Cachar, Assam.

12. Tarapur G.P. Bachao Committee

       Tarapur, Silchar, Cachar, Assam.

13. Student Democratic Forum

      Assam University, Silchar, Cachar, Assam.

14. Manipuri Diaspora

      Silchar, Cachar, Assam.

15. Mukta Sena (Club)

      Silchar, Cachar, Assam.

16. Swabhiman

      Silchar, Cachar, Assam.

17. Minority Student Forum

      Assam University, Silchar, Cachar, Assam.

18. COPE (NGO)

     Silchar, Cachar, Assam.

19. Gono Bikash Sangtha, Assam

      Silchar, Cachar.