killings are Crimes against Humanity
the Dimasha and Karbi killers, rights group urges
Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) today deplored continuing senseless
killings of the Dimashas and Karbis in Assam. About 88 persons have
been killed till yesterday, hundreds of houses gutted and about
20,000 people internally displaced who are desperate need for food,
medicine, drinking water and physical security.
killings of the civilians and burning down of villages both by the
Dima Halam Daogah (DHD) and
United Peoples Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) violate the basic principles
of international humanitarian law standards and constitute crimes
against humanity under the Rome Statute of International Criminal
Court. Nothing can justify the killing of innocent civilians.”
– stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights.
issue is not only ensuring respect for cease-fire ground rules or
dis-arming the armed groups as stressed by the Ministry of Home
Affairs but also identifying the culprits responsible for the killings
and leaders who have been organizing the carnage, and prosecuting
them for crimes against humanity. Unless the culprits are brought
to justice, such wanton killings will recur and the North East will
become akin to the Great Lakes region of Africa”
– further stated Mr Suhas Chakma.
Asian Centre for Human Rights
urged the Union Home Ministry and the State government of Assam
to immediately provide humanitarian assistance to the displaced
Dimashas and Karbis at par with assistance given to the Kashmiri
Pandits and ensure adequate security by deploying adequate security
forces without any further delay.