Imphal, Aug 28,
Youths Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) has expressed strong opposition to the continuous threat to the human rights and environment defenders in the state committed by the state’s armed forces.
“As we learn that on the 13th of August, around six Manipur police commando personnel came in a gypsy at Mr. Jiten Yumnam residence at Kwakeithel Mayaikoibi Ninthoujam Leikai around 2:30 pm and summoned him at Manipur Police Commando complex at the time when he was visiting Sikkim for environment programme. No written document and reasons were furnished to his family by the police personnel for his summon to the Commando Complex”, the statement said.
It further said that the visit by the armed forces of the state in full uniform to a civilian’s residence creates an environment of anxiety and fear among the family members, especially the children and also creates negative impression towards the locality.
It could also be noted that on the 12th of August, 2017, two person who identified themselves as CRPF of Group Centre Langjing visited the house of the President of YFPHR asking about his whereabouts without providing any reasons.
Such continuous threat to the Human Rights and Environment Defenders is believed to have been carried out systematically by the state to suppress the people’s voice against the brutalities and inhumane treatment committed by the state to the public, the Youth Forum said.
The forum appealed the government of Manipur to respect the UN declaration of the Rights of Human Rights Defenders, 2008 and to stop targeting the Human Rights and Environment Defenders immediately.