From Our Member Human Rights Alert (HRA), India – Demilitarize educational institutions of Manipur
5 November 2019 12:02 pm
Imphal / 1 November 2019
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Manipur
Subject: Demilitarize educational institutions of Manipur
We, the undersigned human rights defender and civil society groups, are deeply concerned with the report of a large number of Central Paramilitary Forces (CMPFs) and regular Army being transported and airlifted to Manipur. Such a sudden spite in the number of military presence in the already militarized Manipur is highly alarming.
It is distressing that the Central Para-Military Forces are recently stationed inside the campuses of Modern College, Maharaja Bodhachandra College, D.M. University etc. This is happening in the background of the on-going student agitation against the stationing of Army camp inside the Manipur University premise. It is highly alarming to learn that the district administrations have further authorized the stationing of CMPF and Army in various other educational institutions and public premises.
We, the undersigned human rights defender and civil society groups, would like remind your good office that such an act of militarization of educational institutions is a violation of national law and the international law.
In the context of a case pertaining to children from Assam and Manipur the Supreme Court of India directed the Centre, in September 2010, to ensure that all schools and hostel of educational institutions occupied by army and paramilitary be vacated.
The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child under Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict recommend the Government of India in 2014 as follows:
The Committee urges the State party to take all necessary measures to prevent the occupation and use of as well as attacks on places with a significant presence of children, such as schools, in line with international humanitarian law. It also urges the State party to ensure that schools are vacated expeditiously, as appropriate, and to take concrete measures to ensure that cases of unlawful attacks on and/or occupation of schools are promptly investigated and that perpetrators are prosecuted and punished.
We, the undersigned human rights defender and civil society groups, therefore, strongly urge the Government of Manipur to vacate all the para-military and military forces from all the educational institutions at the earliest and initiate necessary legal action against the authorities responsible.
Thanking you in anticipation.
Civil Society Coalition for Human Rights in Manipur and the UN (CSCHR)
Committee on Human Rights (COHR), Manipur
Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families Association, Manipur (EEVFAM)
Human Rights Alert (HRA)
Human Rights Defender, Manipur (HRDM)
Life Watch (Manipur)
United People’s Front (UPF)
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