KANGPOKPI: Manipur is a state that has experienced a huge violation of human rights for the past many years. It has been internationally known since thousands of lives were executed under fake encounter carried out by the state government. It is now fit to be kept under strict human rights obligation for the rescue of the common men’s rights and dignity of life said International Human Rights Association Manipur while strongly condemning the alleged various violation of human rights in the state.
Mark Thangmang Haokip, President, International Human Rights Association, Manipur State said that the voice of human rights is not considered as important under N. Biren Singh’s government that the central govt must know it.
He continued that many violations of human rights committed by the government were exposed in daylight, however, nothing is improved and seen them as they were. This means that the state government is totally out of human rights concern.
From the beginning of the year, Chassad village in Kamjong District was heinously burnt down by their neighboring Sampui villagers since 15 March 2020 due to small unusual conflicts that broke out between the two villages. At that time, N Biren Singh govt had obstructed justice, to be necessarily delivered for the victim villagers, and seems he acquitted the criminals who committed the crime.
In this connection, IHRA had written a petition to the Union Home Minister for carrying out a CBI inquiry into the matter, but nothing was done for bringing justice to the Chassid villagers. The Chief of Chassad was as well threatened not to file Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the state High Court also, he added.
He also said that human rights are less considered in Manipur and even activists are as well less concerned by the state government. Therefore, whatever has raised by them on human rights violation related cases nothing was improve and consider officially by the government.
As such, Manipur is a failed state in the eyes of universal human rights as per Article 19 & 20 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,he asserted.
The IHRA Manipur said that Article 19 says that everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference and everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice. It also says that the exercise of the rights provided for in paragraph 2 of this article carries with it special duties and responsibilities. It may therefore be subject to certain restrictions, but these shall only be such as are provided by law and are necessary: (a) For respect of the rights or reputations of others; (b) For the protection of national security or public order (order public), or public health or morals.
The Article 20 says that any propaganda for war shall be prohibited by law and any advocacy of national, racial, or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility, or violence shall be prohibited by law, he added.
He also said that apart from violating human rights, freedom of expression is also arbitrarily dismissed in Manipur and given the citizens no room for freedom of speech.
He continued that hard evidence is with us that the state government is also directly involved in corruption over the extension of Asian Highway No.1, where fair compensation is denied for the affected families and communities.
In this regard, the Asian Development Bank had carried out a survey program to compensate the affected families. However, the concerned authority didn’t follow the norms set by ADB and improper compensation was given to them without proper agreement with and consent of the affected families. Which is also on the other hand violated the Land Acquisition Act 2013, he said.
He further said that at this point, the Asian Development Bank needs to bring forth a “White Paper” to solve the mystery corruption involved in Asian Highway No.1 between Pallel (Pallen) to Moreh integrated bypass road or every blame shall befall on the head of ADB.
The IHRA Manipur pointed out that recently, few names were pop-up on the daily newspapers in connection with a corruption case, however, without proofs of innocent from court affidavits clarifications are serially published in different newspapers.
Now, it’s a time for ADB to bring forth a White Paper related to its survey and estimated amount sanctioned for the affected families within seven-days or ADB shall be highly condemned for the corruption charges and human rights will boycott the ongoing construction until fair compensation as per it’s estimated reach to the affected families and communities.