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WMC writes to UN appealing to initiate action to bring an end to the ongoing conflict in Manipur

by Jeet Akoijam
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The World Meitei Council (WMC) had written a letter to the Secretary-General, of the United Nations appealing to initiate action to bring an end to the ongoing conflict and bring normalcy in Manipur.
In the 50-page letter, the WMC requested the UN to collaborate with the Government of India and the Govt of Manipur. In the letter, the WMC apprised the UN with a brief history of Meetei and Chinkuki and the background of the current conflict since May 3, 2023.
“The fact is, despite the existence of irrefutable evidence, the Chinkuki has engaged in a relentless campaign of disinformation using various media outlets and social media. They have gone to the extent of submitting memorandums to the UN and to the Governments of Israel, Germany, and Canada with fake information and data”, the letter stated.
It added that the ongoing crisis in Manipur continues to be volatile. To this date, the Chin-Kuki militants continue their attack on the Meeteis – firing with mortars and guns on the farmers in the foothills despite the presence of Assam Rifles and the Indian army. This has caused major disruption in the cultivation of paddy in the valley and is likely to lead to conflict-induced famine too besides the casualty of innocent Meetei people.
The letter also mentioned that various heinous crimes arose out of the conflict on both sides. The kidnapping and brutal murder of two Meetei students by Chinkuki militants and the following protests by the students’ fraternity in the Imphal valley on September 26, 2023, were met with ill-thought-out heavy-handed approach by the Security forces causing injuries to as many as 40 students, some with life-changing injuries etc. the WMC stated.
The WMC has also requested the United Nations to collaborate closely with the Government of India to safeguard the rights of the Meeteis who are the indigenous and aboriginal people of the region by including them in the list of Scheduled Tribes of the Indian Constitution.

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