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Activist airs state's crisis at UNHRC
Source: Chronicle News Service

Imphal, April 01 2024: Jodha Heikrujam, a young human rights and environmental activist from the state, addressed the 55th United Nations Human Rights Council Session and shed light on the ethnic crisis gripping the state.

Speaking during the general debate on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related forms of intolerance, Heikrujam drew attention to the ongoing ethnic crisis and violence perpetrated by armed groups.

Jodha outlined the devastating impact of the crisis, which has engulfed the state since May 3, last year.

He contended that a brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing carried out by armed Chin-Kuki narco-terrorists from Myanmar and Bangladesh is exacerbating the already precarious situation in the state.

Highlighting the role of illegal opium cultivation in fuelling the crisis and funding acquisition of sophisticated weaponry, Jodha pointed to Manipur's proximity to Myanmar, a major opium producer, and its implications for the state's socio-economic stability.

He emphasised the urgent need for international intervention to address the root causes of the conflict, including the illicit drug trade and arms proliferation.

Expressing dismay at the lack of attention and support from Government of India, the activist underscored the desperate situation faced by Manipuri civilians, with more than 200 killed and tens of thousands displaced.

He appealed directly to the international community, urging collective action to bring an end to the violence and restore peace in Manipur.

In his impassioned plea, Jodha implored the vice-president and other UN officials for assistance in addressing Manipur's human rights crisis and mobilising support for lasting peace.

He emphasised the importance of upholding international law and ensuring the protection of civilians in conflict zones.


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