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Resolution Adopted on "Advancing the rights of Human Rights Defenders in Manipur"
Date : 29th August, 2018

 Ms. Ranjeeta sharing testimony during   HRD convention on 29 August 2018 at Manipur Press Club
HRD convention on 29 August 2018 at Manipur Press Club



Resolution Adopted at the
Convention on “Advancing the rights of Human Rights Defenders in Manipur”
Manipur Press Club, Imphal, Manipur, 29 August 2018


The participants of the Manipur State Convention on “Advancing the Rights of Human Rights Defenders of Manipur” organized at Manipur Press Club, Imphal, Manipur, 29th August 2019 hereby adopted the following resolution:

- The Government of Manipur should recognize the role and importance of human rights defenders in an armed conflict afflicted Manipur, in fostering respect of democratic values and culture of rights, in accordance with Article 1 of UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, 1998.

- Ensure the protection of all human rights defenders of Manipur and allow them to continue their legitimate human rights work without fear of harassment, torture and deprivation of their right to life.

- Expresses concern with the arbitrary summon of Mr. Jiten Yumnam, a human rights defender on 13 August 2018 by Manipur police commandoes at Imphal West Commando complex, without any legal order and reason.

- Stop targeting all human rights defenders of Manipur to ill treatment, harassment and degrading treatment, and torture including to Mr. Jiten Yumnam and to ensure their safety and protection.

- Welcome the revival of the Manipur Human Rights Commission and the appointment of Senior Advocate Khaidem Mani as Chairperson of the Manipur Human Rights Commission. The Manipur Human Rights Commission should take appropriate steps to advance the rights of human rights defenders of Manipur.

- Implement the direction of National Human Rights Commission of India to uphold the rights, safety and protection of all human rights defenders of Manipur and across India

- Repeal the emergency laws in Manipur, viz, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967, National Security Act, 1980 etc to target Human Rights Defenders

- Implement the recommendations of Mr. Margaret Saggakya, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders based on her visit to India in January 2011 to protect the rights of all Human Rights Defenders in Manipur and in India.

- Recommend the Government of Manipur to establish a policy for the protection of human rights defenders of Manipur with their due consultation in accordance with the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, 1998.

- End all practice of torture, ill treatment, intimidation, harassment, degrading treatment, clamping false criminal charges of all human rights defenders as per the UN Convention against Torture and the DK Basu Judgement against arbitrary summon, illegal arrest and torture of innocent people in 1996.

- Express solidarity with Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonzalves, Gautam Vavlakha, Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Kranthi Tekula and others, the Five Human Rights Defenders arrested in mainland India on 28 August 2018.

RESOLUTION ENDORSED BY:

o Citizens Concern for Dams and Development
o Committee on Human Rights
o United Peoples Front
o Human Rights Alert
o Rongmei Lu Phaum
o JAC Against Eviction of Lamphel Yaipha Leikai
o Mapithel Dam Affected Villagers Organization
o Committee on the Protection of Natural Resources in Manipur
o All Zeliangrong Students Union
o Centre for Research and Advocacy, Manipur


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