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ACHR Index: PR/IND-ASM/08/05
18 November 2005

NHRC assures to consider sending a team to Karbi Anglong

New Delhi: Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Justice A S Anand today assured Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) to seriously consider sending a NHRC team to Karbi Anglong in its meeting on 21 November 2005. The NHRC has already issued directions to the State government of Assam to inform the NHRC by 7 December 2005.

A delegation of Asian Centre for Human Rights met NHRC Chief today and informed about the violations of international humanitarian laws by the DHD and UPDS in Karbi Anglong and the failure of the state government of Assam and the central government of India to take adequate measures to protect the innocent lives.

“The situation has further been worsened by the sub-human conditions of the displaced Karbis and Dimasas, inability of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to keep his words on providing of compensation of Rs 300,000 to the relatives of those victims who have been killed, failure to announce any rehabilitation package and the failure to initiate the judicial inquiry to identify the culprits” – complained Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of ACHR.

In addition to sending a NHRC team to the affected areas, Asian Centre for Human Rights also requested NHRC to take immediate measures to improve the camp conditions, direct the Union Home Ministry and the State government of Assam to keep the NHRC informed on fortnightly basis, ensure proper rehabilitation of the displaced Dimasas and Karbis and providing of compensation to the relatives of those who have been killed; and convene a meeting with the Union Home Ministry and concerned State governments to develop standards on providing humanitarian assistance to the persons displaced by natural disasters or ethnic conflicts based on the principles of equality and non-discrimination.

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