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Convention on “Repeal AFSPA” : 15 years of hunger strike

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A convention on Repeal AFSPA is scheduled on 1st November (2 to 5 PM) at Indian Social Institute, Lodi Road.  Activists from North East region as well as voices from all other regions are coming together to bring the issue in frontline of political priorities.

We invite you to learn and to enrich the session with your experiences, opinion and ideas in this convention. Please join the convention and support the suppressed voices to come on front.

You may consider forwarding this invitation to your other friends and groups who wish to join the convention and who favor human rights.

During 2 to 5 sessions, you will listen to many untold experiences, update about cases pending before judiciary, have an understanding about present scenario etc and we all together may form a joint strategy to take this demand forward.  Few reading brochures and literature will also be available at registration desk. A signature sheet will also be there upon which attendees may opt their signature to include their name in memorandum that will be sent to the Prime Minister, Home Minister and President. Hi-tea will follow the programme.

Facebook event link of this convention is: https://www.facebook.com/events/966874203350989/

Details of the convention are provided here:

CONVENTION ON REPEAL AFSPA

In the series of solidarity Nationwide Protest to Repeal AFSPA to mark 15 Years of Hunger Strike of Irom Sharmila

Venue: Indian Social Institute, Lodi Road, New Delhi

Date & Time: 1st Nov 2015, 2 to 5 PM

Speakers:

Neingulo Krome (Naga Peoples’ Movement for Human Rights)

Babloo Loitongbam (Human Rights Activist from Manipur)

Prof. Nandini Sundar (Activist, Writer & Professor at Delhi School of Economics)

Ashok Agrwaal (Lawyer, Author- In search of Vanished Blood)

Tapan Bose (Activist, Fimmmaker & Head of South Asia Forum for Human Rights)

Ramratan Chatterjee (Social Activist, Columnist & Author- In the Valley of Kashmir Under White Terror)

Alif Shakoor (General Secretary, SIO)

Swami Agnivesh (Activist, Spiritual leader)

 

Irom Sharmila, a Repeal AFSPA crusader in Imphal, Manipur is completing 15 years of her hunger protest and will enter  16th year of her hunger strike on 2nd November. She is continuously raising her demand through peaceful way of her fast, but state has ignored her demand and even did its best to suppress her voice. She is under arrest under section 309 of IPC with charges of attempt to suicide that is completely against her objective. Irom Sharmila was just 28 years old when she had started her fast with her hope in democracy. Now she is 43 years old, all her life behind the bars, just for her crime to sit peacefully and demand to Repeal AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Forces Powers Act), a special act that empowers armed forces to operate with extreme impunity. This act has resulted in violation of thousands of serious human rights  including fake killings and rapes in states of north east region (through AFSPA 1958) of India and in J&K (through AFSPA, 1990). Despite all the demands from national and international human rights organizations and even from political parties and state leaderships, this act has not been repealed yet.

On completion of 15 years of her hunger protest, we are observing a nationwide joint protest where people and organizations in various states are registering their voice to support cause of Irom Sharmila. In this series of solidarity, we are organizing a Convention on Repeal AFSPA at New Delhi on 1st November to raise voice, to analyse and update about cases pending before judiciary and government and to take future course of action.

Organisers

Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign (SSSC), Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR), Students Islamic Organisation (SIO), Bonded Labour Liberation Front, Just Peace Foundation (JPF), Human Rights Alerts, Asia Forum

For any query, you may contact to Kashif Faraz (8802879246 ), Ravi Nitesh (9958907799) Vishrut (9818346578), Shihad (9560302979),  Asif Abdullah (7298144141),

1 COMMENT

  1. If Irom Sharmila’s words carry any weight here I would like to pass on a request to Neingulo Krome (Naga Peoples’ Movement for Human Rights) to appear as a character witness at Sharmila’s trial first day defence case 9 November Uripok Cheirap Court. She has zero support in Manipur at present. I am sure the convention will publish a demand for the repeal of the AFSPA they shouldn’t be so small minded. They should publish a demand for world peace an end to hunger and better relations with all sentient beings. Sharmila is trying specifically to reach out to Hill Tribals in Manipur. The AFSPA was withdrawn by Mr Loitongam from the Valley in 2004 when his family took over policing there. It now applies only to Hill Tribal areas hence the meme live ammo against hill tribals tear gas in the valley

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