Imphal, Nov. 2
After various bodies working for the protection of Human Rights including Committee on Human Rights (COHR), Human Rights Alert (HRA), Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families Association, Manipur (EEVFAM), Human Rights Defender, Manipur (HRDM), Manipur, Civil Society Coalition for Human Rights in Manipur and the UN (CSCHR) United People’s Front (UPF), Reachout , Life Watch (Manipur) and students bodies had decried militarization at Educational institute of the state, security forces station at DM College campus and MB College campus have been withdrawn.
Apprehension about upraise in Manipur following the fall out of the NSCN-IM and GoI final agreement which was earlier scheduled to settle yesterday, the state government administration had deployed large number of central security force at the campus of some colleges here in Imphal East and Imphal West district. However, after students’ Union and Civil society organisations including human rights defenders had denounced the deployment and stationing of para military forces inside the premises of educational institutions, the state government administration had removed the para military stationed from DM College and MB College campus.
Large number of Central Paramilitary Forces (CMPFs) and regular Army were transported and airlifted to Manipur in the wake of the final settlement between the NSCN-IM and the government of India. Already the state of Manipur have already been deployed large number of Military at various places.
The Human Rights body in their memorandum submitted reminded the state government about the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child under Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict recommend the Government of India in 2014 . It reads:
The Committee urges the State party to take all necessary measures to prevent the occupation and use of as well as attacks on places with a significant presence of children, such as schools, in line with international humanitarian law. It also urges the State party to ensure that schools are vacated expeditiously, as appropriate, and to take concretemeasures to ensure that cases of unlawful attacks on and/or occupation of schools are promptly investigated and that perpetrators are prosecuted and punished.
Jeet Akoijam, Resident Editor of Imphal Times hails from Singjamei Liwa Road. Has been with Imphal Times since its start. A National level Rugby player and a regular Trekker and Nature Lover, loves spending time in lap of Mother Nature. Jeet is the father of two lovely kids. Jeet can be contacted at [email protected]
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