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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

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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

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