KANGPOKPI: Alleging the state government perpetrating inhuman acts upon the innocent people of Saikul area, the International Human Rights Association (IHRA), Manipur has condemned it in the strongest term.
Mark Thangmang Haokip, President IHRA Manipur, said that the association is extremely shocked to learn that police are hunting innocent villagers of Saikul area in Kangpokpi District in connection with the destruction caused to the Kuki Rising Monolith, which was carried out by some disappointed and enraged civilians on October 17. The matter came to light after some girls released video clippings of them weeping while hiding in the jungle in the social media.
He said that the monolith was inaugurated by the Chief Minister, N.Biren Singh on the same date without the consent and mandate of the people through video conference from the Chief Minister Secretariat.
After the demolition of the monolith, police are hunting for those individuals involved in damaging the monolith in order to arrest them on the charge of destroying public property. However, the act of atrocities committed by the police has enormously infringed Article 7, 9 & 10 (1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which read as in Article 7 that no one shall be subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment and Article 9(1) which read everyone has the right to liberty and security of person, the president of IHRA said.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention. No one shall be deprived of his liberty except on such grounds and by such procedure as are established by law. Article 10 (1) which read all persons deprived of their liberty shall be treated with humanity and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person, he added.
Therefore, IHRA instructed the concerned police officer to stop such acts of inhuman brutality and degrading treatment as per human rights concerns, he further said.
He also said that the association appeals to the Government of Manipur to cease the degrading treatment of the people of Saikul to reinstate the same memorial stone since it is a ” Historical Negationism” that has violated the rights of self-determination guaranteed by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, 2007.
He continued that as historical negationism has infringed International Human Rights law and it also rapidly infringed the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities, 1992 while adding that the United Nations thus recognizes that a democratic constitutional order respectful of the rule of law and the rights of minorities plays a crucial role in furthering international peace and security.
He maintained that Article 1(1) of the Declaration provides that “States shall protect the existence and the national or ethnic, cultural, religious, and linguistic identity of minorities within their respective territories and shall encourage conditions for the promotion of that identity.”
The IHRA Manipur also urged the Government of Manipur to reaffirm Anglo-Kuki War 1917-1919 as its inscription and the words ‘In defense of Ancestral Land and Freedom” as its meaning of Anglo-Kuki War 1917-1919 as per the Universal Declaration of Human Rights guaranteed by the United Nations.