urged to intervene on the Hmars IDPs of Manipur
groups must not violate Geneva Conventions
Asian Centre for Human Rights
(ACHR) today filed a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission
to provide humanitarian assistance to the internally displaced persons
(IDPs) belonging to the Hmar and Paite tribal communities from the Tipaimukh
sub-division in Churachandpur district of Manipur. Over a thousand
Hmars and Paites have fled to neighbouring Mizoram while about 5,000
have been displaced within Tipaimukh sub-division.
The Hmar IDPs have been
fleeing to Mizoram since 16 January 2006 following alleged attack
and threats by the members of the armed opposition group, United
National Liberation Front of Manipur. The conflict has reportedly
started following the clash between the members of the UNLF and
Hmar People’s Conference (Democratic) on 6 January 2006.
party in armed conflict whether they are the Indian Army or United
National Liberation Front or Hmar People’s Conference (Democratic)
target innocent civilians or take measures that cause displacement
of the civilians. Such measures violate provisions of the 1976 Additional
Protocol to Geneva Conventions relating to the Protection
of Victims of Non-International Armed Conflicts”
–stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights
for Human Rights.
condition of the internally displaced persons across the North East
is deplorable. The displaced Hmar and Paite IDPs are now facing
crisis of food, medicines, warm clothes and other essential commodities”
– stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights
for Human Rights.
ACHR urged the NHRC to direct the Union Home Ministry, State governments
of Mizoram and Manipur to provide relief including proper shelter,
food, medicine, babyfood etc to the displaced Hmar and Paite IDPs,
ensure security of the IDPs and ensure proper rehabilitation of
those displaced within Manipur and Mizoram.