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Remove Armed Forces Special Powers Act from Manipur

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To The Chief Minister and Members of the Manipur Legislative Assembly, Dear Sir/Madam, It is indeed very worrying that in recent years, violence and hostility against our own people by the Indian Army have escalated to horrifying proportions. What happened in Manipur, in the last few days is a clear evidence of the reality of what we, Manipuris are confronting every day since years. The Sanjita Rape case, the Tera Keithel Massacre, the RIMS massacre, the Oinam incident,Kanjugam Ojit Singh killing, Miss Rose rape case and many more are a poignant reminder of the inhuman brutality that the people of Manipur have been subjected to. It’s an irony that despite all these, the sad history is repeated time and again and with the murder of Thangjam Manorama on the 11th of July, 04 it has reached a new height in the dark history of Manipur. What more such incidents have to happen, before we open our eyes and do something to stop this. We do understand how difficult it must have been for you, being in such responsible positions but the acuity of our situations are such that we need you to lead us and deal with these problems outrightly. Life in manipur is still sadly crippled by continuous imposition of curfews, the manacles of intolerance and the chains of discrimination and the implementation of the AFSPA has led to thousands of innocent citizens being arrested and imprisoned, and not infrequently killing them. This act not only violates the basic human rights, but also acts as a licence to torture, rape or ill-treat those detained or arrested.We are here today writing to you to elucidate our genuinely ignored condition, to proclaim the failure of justice and basic human rights. It is no time to embrace our minds in incomprehensive discussions; it is no time to elaborate on deceitful speeches and unfulfilled dreams. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy, the promises that you have made to your own people and embrace them in the name of equality and self respect to fight for the human rights that have been taken away from so many people for so many years. We believe it is your duty of utmost priority to give your own brothers and sisters -- \"a vision of a world in which every person enjoys all the human rights, enshrined in the Universal declaration of Human rights\". Over the past few days and weeks, the people of Manipur have let their feelings known by means shocking, thought provoking and touching but peaceful protests.Through this petition, we, the non-resident Manipuri Diaspora, from around the globe, would like to let you know that we share the same feelings with our people back home, their pain and sorrow, their struggle for a just society and our solidarity towards the manipuri cause is a thing closest to our hearts. We sincerely hope that you will come up to the expectations of all the Manipuris throughout the world by not ignoring the wishes and aspirations of the very people who choose you to lead them by electing you. As leaders and elected representatives of the people of Manipur, we appeal to you in this letter on behalf of our Manipuri brothers and sisters, all over the world, to take a step towards changing the climate of fear, atrocities and discrimination by repealing from the entire state, in any shape or form, the archaic and draconian law – the \'ARMED FORCES SPECIAL POWER ACT\'. \"Praying for a better Manipur\" Yours truly, The Undersigned


The Manipur-Diaspora Group

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