Manipur Groups Protest Armed Forces Special Powers Act

April 13, 2004 | Comments Off on Manipur Groups Protest Armed Forces Special Powers Act

Political parties in Manipur are coming together to demand a revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act.  This act allows security forces to shoot to kill a suspected terrorist, with prosecutorial immunity also granted in the act:

These organisations have been holding dharnas and sit-in protests against reported excesses by the security forces. Organisations such as the Committee Against Fake Encounters and Custodial Deaths, Manipur have accused the security forces of picking up civilians at random and killing them in staged encounters in the name of counter-insurgency operations.

This act also contributed to impunity for armed forces in Punjab, and continues to do so in Kashmir.  The Kashmir section of the blog has news on recent human rights violations committed by armed forces in Kashmir.


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