Naga civil society casts slur on State rights crusaders
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, May 26 2010: While pointing out that ongoing economic blockade being enforced by ANSAM has nothing to do with the proposed visit of NSCN (IM) general secretary Th Muivah to manipur, the Coordination Committee of Naga Civil Society (CCNCS) has accused Imphal-based human rights organisations of being partial and biased in both approach and conduct with regard to recent events.

A CCNCS statement issued jointly by its convenor and member secretary said apart from the Government of Manipur's indifferent attitude to issues concerning the Naga public in the aftermath of the Mao firing incident, indulgence of the Asian Human Rights Commission along with Imphal-based Human Rights Alert in mudslinging activities against the Nagas is against prescribed norms and practice.

Stating that Human Rights Alert is a Meitei organisation, the CCNCS opined that stand of these rights bodies belittles the revered principle that human rights organisation need to be neutral.

The naga conglomerate body, formed on May 10, called upon global human rights groups and international community to investigate and establish veracity of the allegations made against the Nagas.

"Therefore, if the non-Naga and non-Meitei communities and all other human rights and social and democratic rights groups across India and so also the international community genuinely wish to be a part of building peace, we would urge you to look into the issues involved and not just be carried away by economic concerns.

Our deaths and injuries, displaced from homes and hearths, denied entry to our own birth places, forcible closure of educational institutions and forcible occupation of houses and buildings, continuous harassments and assaults on the civilian population in Mao and Tadubi areas, denial of democratic expression and movements are all humanitarian issues," it maintained.

Asserting that Nagas are determined to achieve their stated goal, CCNCS urged the global community to contribute their mite in resolving the issue for the current imbroglio could persist beyond the present impasse.

Regarding the economic blockade on both the Highways, CCNCS said callousness of Government of Manipur constrained ANSAM to prolong the agitation for an indefinite period as at least two reminders to the Government failed to evoke any positive response.