The 5th July, 2013
The Zomi Human Rights Foundation expresses its pain, anguished and profound concern over the happenings in the township during the fortnight that had gone by. The Foundation was shocked and bewildered by the airing of a clip showing a nude male and female by the so called discipline members of the Indian Reserve Battalion to be viewed by the masses through the internet. The vagrant and sadistic attitude of the personnel involved in the act have no place in a civilized society. While condemning the sadistic act of clipping and circulating the nude pictures by the IRB personnel, the Foundation also expresses pains over the contamination of the social norms and ethos by the very act of the two lover at public places. The two love birds are a public nuisance, their act was wrong morally and ethically and also illegal according to the laws of the land. Such act also is not without a remorse that should be condemned by one and all. The Foundation also lauds the role of the Churachandpur District Joint Women Organizations and the social activist, who has been in toe together with the Foundation, for their painstaking responsibility to spearhead the issue that led to the apprehension of the IRB personnel, to be tried according to the laws of the land.
A Manipur Indigenous Tribal Consultative Meet on Peace and Tranquility was held on the 27th April, 2013. This Consultative Meet was organized in order to create a platform to discuss, share and exchange views among the various “Ethnic” groups of Manipur. The resource persons are Rev. Th. Mangthianlal, Dr. Leban Serto, and Dr. S. Haokip. Participants are from various Churches, Civil Organizations and Academics.
The keynote address was given by the Chairman of the Foundation,
Amnesty International 18 April, 2013: Today’s ruling by India’s Supreme Court that the Indigenous (Adivasi) communities will have the final decision on plans for a bauxite mine by a subsidiary of UK-based Vedanta Resources in the Niyamgiri hills of Orissa is a landmark victory in recognizing indigenous rights in India, Amnesty International said today.
A 670-hectare bauxite mine was due to have been developed on the Dongria Kondh Indigenous community’s traditional lands and habitats which they consider sacred.
"The Dongria Kondh community, whose identity is fully dependent on these hills, has been fighting for the survival of their way of life for a decade. The mine would have resulted in violation of their rights as Indigenous peoples, as well as their rights to water, food, health, work amongst others. This ruling is hugely important for the Dongria Kondh,” said G. Ananthapadmanabhan, Chief Executive of Amnesty International India.
A one-day “Consultation for Peace and Human Rights in Burma (Myanmar)” was held at EBCC Conference Hall, New Lamka, Manipur on March 23 2013. The programme was organised by Burma Centre Delhi (BCD) and hosted by Zomi Human Rights Foundation (ZHRF).
Ex-MP National League for Democracy (Burma), Dr. Tint Swe extended full support to the moves taken by NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi. He expressed optimism about the possibilities of good changes in 2015 in Burma but said the real problem was that many people do not trust the army generals ruling the country. With Burma policy of open door policy, Dr. Swe said Western countries were penetrating the country at a very fast pace. However, he described such entry as a kind of exploitation.