TODAY -

Memorandum submitted to Inquiry Commission of Supreme Court

Imphal Press Club, 21 February 2013



CIVIL SOCIETY COALITION ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN MANIPUR AND THE UN

In a Memorandum submitted on 18 February 2013 to the independent Commission of Inquiry appointed by a directive of the Supreme Court of India on 4 January 2013, with a copy to the Chief Justice of India, Mr Altamas Kabir, the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights in Manipur and the UN (CSCHR) raised critical concerns relating to the modus operandi of the Inquiry Commission. The Inquiry Commission is reportedly coming to Imphal on 1 March 2013.

1. The undated Public Notice published in one local vernacular daily newspaper and one English language daily newspaper only on 9 February 2013 inviting sworn affidavits in English, with three extra copies, to be submitted to its office established at the Manipur Bhavan in New Delhi within 10 days of its publication is deficient and objectionable, and having no precedence in the history of Inquiry Commissions in Manipur.

2. The undated Public Notice gives no contact details of this office except a postal address. No office is set up in Manipur where the terms of this Commission are to be met, its business conducted and where the alleged extra-judicial executions took place. With no office established yet in Manipur, what are the plans and schedules of the Commission in this State and where will the aggrieved families, witnesses and other interested parties meet the Commission when it visits Imphal on 1 March 2013 as reported?

3. Despite the Supreme Court directive, the Central and Manipur governments have not extended diligent necessary manpower and secretarial assistance to the Inquiry Commission after more than a month of its establishment.

4. The full Terms of Reference of this Inquiry Commission has not been made known to the public.

5. There are no mechanisms established for witness protection or safety. No confidentiality procedures have been established.

As the findings and conclusions of this Inquiry Commission will have direct implications in the ongoing petitions before the Hon’ble Supreme Court finally to bring justice and reparation within the grasp of the long aggrieved surviving families of the deceased, the Memorandum drew the attention of the members of the independent Inquiry Commission to the following:

I. Considering that the undated Public Notice of 9 February 2013 does not give satisfactory contact details thereby nullifying a feasible mechanism of communications by telephone, fax or email (Internet based channels) or otherwise, to make available contacts where the original statements, affidavits and evidence may be presented at Imphal before the Inquiry Commission.

II. An informed Public Notification to be re-published or broadcasted in both State and privately run information dissemination mediums like the radio, television, daily newspapers, etc., at least three times in English, Manipuri and other languages in the State.

III. The public to be informed of the full Terms of Reference of the Inquiry Commission through such a re-notification.

IV. The Inquiry Commission must immediately have an office established at Imphal, Manipur with the full cooperation and essential support including secretarial and financial assistance extended by the Central and Manipur governments. This office should be empowered to receive any material evidence or statements or affidavits to the Inquiry Commission, as such facilitation would greatly ease the hardships being faced by the interested parties in the cases being examined.

V. Last date for receipt of information by the Inquiry Commission regarding the facts and circumstances relating to the killing of the aforesaid seven persons to be extended till 28th February 2013 to lend more accountability and inclusivity to the process.

VI. The Inquiry Commission must establish due processes and effective mechanisms to protect the witnesses, surviving family members of the deceased and other interested parties who wish to submit information, depose or appear before it.

VII. The Inquiry Commission must also institute a confidential mechanism as established by similar communications procedures worldwide and in the United Nations Human Rights Council. This will further contribute to the personal security of witnesses and confidentiality for those who wish to appear and depose before the Inquiry Commission.

VIII. Reduce the number of copies of documents required to be submitted to one copy. The burden of making necessary copies must lie with the office of the Inquiry Commission, and not be imposed on the aggrieved families of the deceased.

IX. Apart from printed/written documents, the Inquiry Commission should allow the submission and inclusion of audio, video, photographs, object/material evidences including fact-finding visits to the alleged encounter sites in order to establish the true facts and circumstances of the killing of the seven persons in Manipur during 2009 for effective and speedy delivery of justice to the aggrieved parties.

The Commission was established under a directive of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India on 4 January 2013 (WP [Crl] No.1/2009 and WP [C] No. 445 of 2012) following a recent petition filed by Extrajudicial Execution Victims’ Families’ Association Manipur (EEVFAM), which pleaded for an independent probe into more than 1500 cases of extra-judicial killings in Manipur.

The three member Inquiry Commission, comprising of retired Supreme Court Justice N. Santosh Hegde, former Chief Election Commissioner J.M. Lyngdoh and retired DGP of Karnataka Police, Mr. Ajay Kumar Singh, is to conduct an independent probe into 6 different cases of extra-judicial killings, involving 7 (seven) victims including a child in the State of Manipur.

(Dr Laifungbam Debabrata Roy)
Convenor
Email: cschrmanipur(at)gmail(dot)com
Blog site: http://humanrightsmanipur.wordpress.com


* This info was sent by CSCHR Manipur who can be contacted at cschrmanipur(at)gmail(dot)com
This Press Release was posted on February 21, 2013.


* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Rally for common future #2 : Gallery
  • Candle Light Vigil @MU : Gallery
  • Why AFSPA in a Democratic Country #2
  • Candle Light Vigil @Delhi: Gallery
  • Child-focused education #1
  • The paradox of universal inclusion
  • The Killing Fields :: News Timeline
  • All India Candle Light Vigil
  • Manipur Creations Roadside Sales
  • Mass Rally for the Common Future
  • Cardamom cultivation of Senapati
  • Naga organisations slam Manipur rally
  • N Mangi : From CPI to BJP
  • Rally for common future #1 : Gallery
  • Varicose vein and its treatment
  • Village Economy Model in Thailand
  • Maring War Dance : Gallery
  • Introspection needed both in hills & valley
  • All Time Favourite Books ...
  • Donated Rs 25,000 to Heart Patient
  • Minorities Commission Chairperson
  • Candle Light Vigil Against Murder
  • NF Rly girl opens account in SAG
  • Hoho urge NSCN-K to resume ceasefire
  • Manipur Fashion Rendezvous #2 : Gallery
  • Thoujalheibi, Lanchebi :: eMing
  • Kabui Keioiba :Dance Drama #4: Gallery
  • Ex-Switzerland : Manipur Tourism #1
  • Ethno Science & Traditional Tech
  • The great revelation
  • Certificate Course on Tobacco Control
  • Vacancy at YVU Financial, Thoubal
  • Rani Gaidinliu Football: Gallery
  • Addressing racial discrimination
  • Aerial view of Koirengei : Gallery
  • Acrobatics Team @ Dubai, UAE: Gallery
  • Indian Republic Day @Imphal #3: Gallery
  • Phum-Shang - Synopsis :: eRang
  • Communal Manipur Government
  • Khousabung- from Thangting/Thangjing
  • 'Co-operative Institutions in Manipur'
  • Complaint submitted to Bar Council in Saket
  • Condemn inhumane mob act in Bengalore
  • Women Post Office, Manipur in Singjamei
  • Growing hill-valley divide
  • Haobam Paban Kumar (Director) :: Profile
  • Paban's Phum Shang- Golden Conch award
  • Puya Mei Thaba Rally #1: Gallery
  • Gaan Ngai @ Langthabal #2: Gallery
  • Nay-pyi-daw, The Phantom City Of Myanmar
  • The ghost of Sanjit
  • Balloon Kyphoplasty in Osteoporotic fracture
  • The Toad & the Snake :: Poem
  • Discussion on Museum as Cultural Centre
  • Walk-In at Korou InfoServices
  • Job Openings at Manipur BPO
  • Post Office exclusively runs by female staff
  • Missing the 20 Smart Cities list
  • World Wetlands Day @Sendra : Gallery
  • Women's Polo Final #3 : Gallery
  • Tulihal airport as Maharaja Narasingh Airport
  • Tour guiding as career option
  • Gaan-Ngai: Biggest ritual festival #4
  • Vietnam Field School 2016-17
  • Global Policy School, 2016 at Kerala
  • Reqt for .NET developers @Imphal
  • Northeast's first medical e-retail platform
  • Set the internal wrongs right
  • Skuirei Dance from Maram: Gallery
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn the Manipuri script
  • Indian Republic Day @Imphal #2: Gallery
  • Imphal & Banaras not among 20 smart cities
  • VIP culture or colonial hangover ?
  • World Wetlands Day 2016
  • How North East People can help each others
  • Openning function of Tanglei Festival
  • Tanglei Festival: social-cultural at Oinam
  • Democratization of Myanmar: Asia edition
  • India's fastest-growing state: Meghalaya
  • Manipur cops hunt for torturer
  • Pulling the idea of Manipur apart
  • Manipur Fashion Rendezvous #1 : Gallery
  • Gaan Ngai @ Nambol #3 : Gallery
  • 287th Puya Meithaba : Gallery
  • Dreaming For Smart City; Are U Smart...
  • Be as Christian as possible
  • El Empleo (The Employment) :: Review
  • Delhi Police caution against fraud
  • NSCN (R) appeals to back Naga talks
  • The admission and charge of Herojit
  • Charen Lem Dance , Senapati : Gallery
  • Women's Polo Final #2 : Gallery
  • Patanjali yoga
  • Yes I shot him dead. I shot Sanjit Meitei
  • Between Radha & Thoibi! :: Poem
  • Medical Camp @Taobam (Irang): Gallery
  • BK TROPHY 2016 : Quarter Final fixture
  • New Record By Manipur Postal Dept
  • Blood Donation Camp at Maram
  • Manipur killing is 'obstruction of justice'
  • USPA Team @Govindaji #1: Gallery
  • Republic Day @IE DC office: Gallery
  • Cultural diversity & National integration
  • South Asian Games Flagged off: Gallery
  • Penchant for reading news & society
  • NE XI vs India U17 World Cup Team Match
  • DM Episode-10: Importance of Science
  • Foot & mouth disease in Khumbong
  • Demand CM to resign on fake encounter
  • 50,000 donated to Child Heart Patient
  • Shunning domestic LPG in hotels
  • Haidokpa Yade (Scenes) #3 :: eRang
  • Ningol Chakkouba @ Mysore : Gallery
  • Gaan Ngai @ Langthabal : Gallery
  • Mainstreaming of transgender in society
  • Halitosis / Bad breath
  • Showers of Compassion :: Poem
  • Seminar On India's Act East Policy @TRI
  • MSS Monthly Talk : Manipuri Cinema
  • Delhi Protests against Manipur Commandos
  • Ladies Retiring Room at Imphal Post Office
  • Republic Day : Yet another boycott
  • Thongkhosiem Haokip : Player Profile
  • General Strike @Imphal City : Gallery
  • Manipur News Corner : Android App
  • The Great Sangai Festival (sans Sangai)
  • Seminar on Conflict & Mental Health #2
  • Alcheringa IIT Guwahati is back - 20th Edition
  • Clarification from SP, Imphal West
  • Protest against Manipur Police Commandos
  • The ghost of July 23, 2009
  • Indian Republic Day @Imphal #1: Gallery
  • Cop confesses to killing ex-PLA in 2009
  • Imoinu Erat Thouni Imphal #2 : Gallery
  • Thangting or Thangjing: What's in a name?
  • Shaheed Manoranjan Football Tournament
  • Road safety - Time for action
  • Public Servants ='servants of public' but...
  • Discipline Action against AMMA FC
  • Bamboo Crusader Kamesh Salam
  • Rani Gaidinliu birth centenary celebrated
  • R-Day celebrated peacefully in Manipur
  • Chaluk @ Bijoy Govinda Temple : Gallery
  • Rani Gaidinliu: A unique freedom fighter
  • Into a Lifeless Stone :: Review
  • Women's Polo with USPA team #4 : Gallery
  • Earthquake, Eema Keithel & the Impasse
  • Heisnam Kanhailal : Padma Bhushan Award
  • NSCN (K) involved in narco-terrorism: AR
  • Backing down from earlier stand
  • Traditional hut of Manipur #2 : Gallery
  • Thangjing hill range & Nobin village
  • Human Serum Albumin: A burden to patients
  • Reconsolidation Day : Gallery
  • Lamka Inferno - Hype And Reality
  • Future political status of Manipur #5
  • Marketing Executive @basicP, Imphal
  • Employees Appreciation at Post Office
  • SBI donates Rs 2 crore to Mary Kom
  • Gaan Ngai @ Sangaiprou : Gallery
  • Maths Teacher Wanted at Thai School
  • Theme Song of South Asian Games
  • Aid at Kabui Khullen : Gallery
  • Himalayan bird identified as new species
  • Gaan Ngai : Zeliangrong Festival :: Flash
  • Chakaan Gaan-Ngai : Cultural Festival
  • SSS-MANIFA Award function : Gallery
  • Winter Vegetables @Toubul : Gallery
  • Gaan-Ngai (2002 - 2015) :: Gallery
  • Jiri Railroad construction : Gallery
  • lEhOrgdbra Ice IcL :: Seireng
  • Women's Polo with USPA team #2 : Gallery
  • Zou Dance @Tribal Festival :: Ooba Video
  • Earthquake: Entire Photo Gallery from Jan 4
  • Jena Khumanthem :: eRang Profile
  • Kharam Pallen, Senapati : Gallery
  • piraHgi paAoKuM :: Seireng
  • Meena Longjam: Young Achievers Award
  • Gurumayum Biseshwor- Youth Icon: Profile
  • Jiribam Wallpaper #4 : Download
  • Phanek Soccer: Goals for Girls: Gallery
  • Earthquake: Saikhul, Sadar Hills : Gallery
  • Earthquake: Noney Epicenter #1 : Gallery
  • Earthquake 6.8 near Imphal #1: Gallery
  • BT Flyover :: 360 View Panorama
  • Downloadable Manipuri Calendar 2016
  • Download :: PMP Bill 2015
  • Download :: MLR&LR Bill 2015
  • Download :: MSE Bill 2015
  • SPONSORED ADS