Assam NGO to observe Nov 2 as ‘Sharmila Day’ and launch signature campaign [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, October 15: While endorsing the 11-year-old struggle of Irom Sharmila, Guwahati-based People’s Forum for Development will launch a signature campaign against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Assam from November 2 onwards and observe the day as “Sharmila Day”.

Addressing media persons today at the Human Rights Alert office, chairman of PFD, Dr Dilip Bora stated that human rights champion Sharmila has been kept in isolation for many years and visitors are not allowed to meet her freely.

It takes a long procedure to seek permission from the state government for visiting her, he noted.

A team of four members of the organization led by Dr Bora has been camping here for the last three days seeking permission to meet Sharmila.

“On November 2, PFD will organize a sit-in-demonstration to show solidarity to the ‘iron lady’ across Assam and a 24-hour hunger strike will also be observed on that day in support of her struggle”, he further informed.

The issue raised by Irom Sharmila is much greater than that of Anna Hazare. AFSPA is to do with gross violation of human rights in Kashmir and Northeastern states, Dilip asserted.

There has been gross violation of human rights in the whole Northeastern region under the shadow of AFSPA and the campaign would focus on Sharmila’s struggle for the repeal of AFSPA.

The PFD along with All India Secular Front and ANHAM will also launch signature campaign to support Irom Sharmila all over the world, he added.

He further said that with the help of the two organizations, around 60 other civil organizations from all over the country would be asked to extend their support which in turn would launch signatures campaign for the same cause.

More than 50,000 people are expected to join the campaign in Assam and the signatures collected along with a petition will be sent to the Prime Minister and President of India, Dilip stated.

He also appealed to all human rights defenders to take active part in the signature campaign against AFSPA.

The PFD team which has come to visit Sharmila comprises of chairman Dilip Bora, vice-president Ravi Ram Bora, member Sharat Kalita and member Vivek Das.

PFD was established with a common aim to fight against ‘black laws’ and ‘anti-democratic laws.’ Its aim is also to unite the Northeast people together, he asserted.

He also promised that his organization will keep on supporting the Sharmila’s campaign from this moment though it is too late.

Source: Imphal Free Press


Team Anna to visit blockade-hit Manipur on October 24 [Hindustan Times]

Indo-Asian News Service
Ralegan Siddhi, October 15, 2011
Activist Anna Hazare on Saturday said that a two-member team, led by Arvind Kejriwal, will go to Manipur on October 24 to find a possible solution to end the 76-day-long highway blockade to the state. The decision was taken after a group of people from Manipur met him seeking his support to end the crisis. The meet was facilitated by Pune-based NGO Sarhad. “Anna-ji has assured us that Arvind Kejriwal and RTI activist Akhil Gogoi will visit Manipur and talk to different groups to find a possible solution to end the blockade as early as possible,” said Sanjay Nahar from Sarhad.

He said that Hazare has also assured them to take up the matter of Irom Sharmila, who has been on an indefinite fast against Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) in the state.

Sadar Hills District Demand Committee (SHDDC) began the indefinite road blockade agitation on the two crucial national highways, which link the northeastern state with the rest of the country, demanding that the  Sadar Hills sub-division in the Naga-dominated Senapati district in northern Manipur be upgraded as a fullfledged district.

The United Naga Council (UNC), the apex forum of Nagas in Manipur, has also been organising a counter-road blockade in all Naga-inhabited areas in northern Manipur, demanding that these areas should not be carved out without their consent.

The road blockade has severely hit the supply of essential commodities to the state.

Source: Hindustan Times

Concerned over 2 months blockade, Anna sets eyes on State 3 member team to land here soon

Womenfolk enforcing economic blockade on NH-2-File photoImphal, Oct 9 : Taking serious note of the over two-month long economic blockade on the National Highways and the utter failure of the Government to resolve the crisis, anti-graft campaigner Anna Hazare is set to depute his men to the State to study the situation for redressal.

Demanding creation of Sadar Hills district, the Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee (SHDDC) has been imposing economic blockade on Imphal-Silchar and Imphal-Dimapur routes since August 1.

On the other hand, the United Naga Council (UNC) has also called a similar stir on the same routes to denounce the State Government’s alleged bid to create new districts after bifurcating Naga inhabited areas.

Anna will urge Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to resolve the impasse before Diwali.

“Former Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Rahman and social workers Manish Sisodia and Akhil Gogoi will visit the State to study the situation very soon,” disclosed Jeevan A Ningthou, State coordinator of the forthcoming Team Anna visit.

“When Sanjay Nahar, founder president of Sarhad, a Pune-based  NGO working for the betterment of the people of border States raised the humanitarian crisis besetting Manipur owing to the over two-month old economic blockade  to Anna Hazare, the anti-corruption crusader straightaway took up the issue,” Jeevan, also a social worker said.

The three Team Anna members will take stock of the situation and submit their report to Anna, who in turn will urge the Prime Minister to resolve the crisis before Diwali, Jeevan said adding that some Manipuri students might also accompany the team.

“Anna will urge the Prime Minister to resolve the crisis as a Diwali gift to the people of Manipur who have been facing severe crunch due to the inflation since the last two months,” he added.

Jeevan made it clear that the proposed visit has nothing to do with any political interest or leanings.

“This is purely a non-political campaign with the intent of resolving the impasse which has for long been crippling Manipur,” he said adding that the trio would meet Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh and representatives of agitating groups and other civil bodies of the State.

Source: The Sangai Express

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Anna Hazare might travel to Manipur soon to meet Irom Sharmila

Published: Thursday, Sep 29, 2011, 11:38 IST
By Partha Sarathi Biswas | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA

Veteran Gandhian Anna Hazare is likely to travel to Manipur to personally urge rights activist Irom Sharmila to end her 10-year-old hunger strike.

Sharmila has been fasting since November 2000, demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958, (AFSPA) in the North-East.

After the success of the Jan Lokpal movement, Team Anna was flooded with requests from activists from different parts of the country to lend support to their causes. The team had promised to give their decision after consideration.

Sources close to the anti-graft activist told DNA that Hazare had expressed concern about the condition of Sharmila and wants an early end to her marathon fast. The Manipuri activist is being force-fed at the Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital close to her home in Imphal.

During the Jan Lokpal movement, Sharmila had expressed her support for the cause through a letter.
In continuation of Team Anna’s decision, two members of the team will be leaving for Imphal soon, possibly Manish Sissodiya and Supreme Court advocate Prashant Bhushan.

Sharmila’s demand for repealing the AFSPA will also be studied in detail as Team Anna has expressed concern about the possible implications in other sensitive parts of the country.

Sources close to Hazare told DNA that other than urging Sharmila to end her hunger strike, the Gandhian is keen to visit the North-East for other reasons.

“There exists a mental block in various parts of the country, which has caused a divide between the North-East and the rest of the country. Given the iconic stature of Anna, his visit would go a long way in bridging the divide and to integrate those parts into the greater psyche of the nation,” the source said.

News Source: DNA