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NEFIP reiterate stands against CAB; Opposes imposition of Hindi as National Language

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Imphal, Sept. 27

First Central Executive Council (CEC) meeting of (North East Forum for Indigenous People) NEFIP held at Kohima on September 25 has reiterated its stand against the passing of Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). The meeting held at Kohima also resolved to begin public protest against CAB on October 3 in the entire region of Northeastern states.

The 1st Central Executive Council was chaired by Ningthouja Lancha, President of NEFIP. CEC begins with the nomination and election with the taking of oath by newly inducted office bearers of NEFIP.

The meeting deliberated thread bare on the recent development in regard to the very contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016, the recent appeal by the Union Home Minister of India on Hindi Language imposition and the issue of UNDRIP (United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 2007) and various other issues related with the functioning of NEFIP.

A statement by Khuraijam Athouba, Secretary Media, NEFIP said that the meeting the NEFIP CEC unanimously resolved to reiterate the resolutions passed earlier against the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 which was submitted to the Prime Minister of India on August 9, 2019.

The NEFIP also demands immediate withdrawal of Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 and condemn the statement given by Mr Amit Shah, Union Home Minister and Mr Himanta Biswa Sarma, Finance Minister of Assam and Convener of NEDA claiming that the Union Govt. will reintroduce the very contentious Bill on November/upcoming parliamentary session.

The  meeting unanimously resolve to launch movement against CAB in the entire Northeast Region with a Public Protest on 3rd of October, 2019 to mark the beginning of the campaign against CAB.

The meeting also resolved to sensitize indigenous people of Northeast region on the ill effect of CAB, while strongly opposing imposition of any language to the people  opposed Home Minister’s appeal to use Hindi as National Language.

The NEFIP also demands to all the State Legislative Assembly of NE States to adopt a resolution in the house urging the Union Government to take necessary steps to implement UNDRIP in letter and spirit in NE Region.

The meeting resolved to request for the United Nations Organization – UN Intervention to stop continuous acts and practices asserted by the Government of India that will be Genocidal for the indigenous peoples of the region.

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