Assess reality, says NPMHR
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, May 28 2010: Recoun-ting events that led to the May 6 police firing in Mao and the prevailing situation in the aftermath of the inci-dent, Naga Peoples' Move- ment for Human Rights has drawn the attention of Cen-tral Govt leaders to assess the ground reality.

pointing out that human rights of Nagas in Manipur is at stake in the wake of crackdown on peace marchers at Mao Gate where two students were killed and more than 100, mostly women, were injured, NPMHR said visit of Central leaders should not be limited to Imphal but should also cover Naga areas of Manipur.

Alleging that assault on the human rights of Nagas is actively supported by the majority community and the present situation has the potential to turn into communal violence, the rights body also expressed that at the center of the conflict is the Nagas desire to welcome home one of their leaders, Th Muivah General Secretary of the NSCN (IM) after four decades.

The Govt of Manipur, supported by Imphal-based civil societies are opposed to this visit claiming that it threatens the "territorial integrity" of Manipur, maintained NPMHR.

It also demanded immediate revocation of decision of the Government of Manipur to bar Muivah's entry; withdrawal of all Manipur security forces from Naga areas; respect and recognise rights of the Nagas to determine their future, most particularly, to recognize the rights of Nagas to live together as one people under a single administrative unit; immediate intervention of the appropriate authorities to stop the forcible detention of Nagas in the valley, and using them as hostage; intervention of appropriate authorities to ensure and guarantee an amiable environment for the safe return of all the villagers of Mao Gate and its surroundings to their homes; and for a speedy, honourable and peaceful resolution of the Indo-Naga peace process.