Protest against AFSPA (Armed force Special Power Act)

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Protest against AFSPA (Armed force Special Power Act)

Postby vaseem_97 » Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:21 am

Protest against AFSPA (Armed force Special Power Act)


People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) organised a protest against Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) at Town Hall on 22nd May.
Almost fifty activists from various organisations came in Solidarity with the cause.

Arati Chokshi, Convener PUCL, Senior journalist

“AFSPA is not only opposed by the civil society groups but also by the Government appointed commissions and committees. The Committee to Review the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, headed by Justice B. P. Jeevan Reddy in 2005, the Administrative Reforms Commission headed by Dr. Veerappa Moily in 2007 and several others has recommended it to repeal. Internationally, even the U N High Commissioner for Human Rights have urged for its repeal”.

Tanzil Rahman, PUCL member, Works in Oracle, from Bihar
“The whole existence of act itself is against the basic principles of right to life. How AFSPA could have its place in a democratic society when there is no redressal mechanism and nobody can be held accountable for inhumane work of the army”.

Khalid Waseem, Phd Student at ‘Institute for Social and Economic Change’ (Bangalore), from Kashmir
“The identity of Kashmir have been changed and challenged by this fear of death. Fear that they would be held under suspicion of terrorist”.

Dilkumar Singh, Activist, Works at Sterling Developers Pvt Ltd, from Imphal
“It is hard for me to understand stand taken by government or media, when Anna (Hazare) fast for couple of days the reactions pour in from all over India, but when our eche (sister) Irom Sharmila is on fast from 10 years demanding repeal of AFSPA, media would not budge!”

Abonao R.K, Photographer Activist, Works in Hewlett Packard, from Manipur
“AFSPA has taken beauty of Manipur due to heavy militarisation. The act has given us only unexplained disappearances of locals, torture, detention etc. But in the end nobody is answering for this ill treatment.”
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Reference

PUCL stages demonstration
(Article came in The Hindu, Monday, May 23, 2011)
http://www.hindu.com/2011/05/23/stories ... 100400.htm
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