Please find below the case of an enforced disappearance from Manipur. Mr. Leimakhujam Kokulo Singh was illegally arrested by the personnel of 12 Maratha Light Infantry on 3 August 2010 at the check point near Patsoi Lai Umang along the Imphal-Sangaithel Road while returning home with his wife and sister in a passenger Diesel Auto Rickshaw.
Since July 2003 the Asian Human Rights Commission, Hong Kong (AHRC) has reported more than two dozen cases of illegal arrests and executions carried out by security personnel who claim the deceased were killed in self defence during armed ‘encounters.’ None of the cases offer credible proofs and no impartial inquiry been conducted to determine the whereabouts of the disappeared. As far as AHRC have been able to gather, none of the perpetrators have ever been held accountable for their actions.
The militarization of the Indian State of Manipur, backed by laws such as the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, has lead to systematic and widespread abuses being perpetrated with relative impunity by security force personnels. Most of these go largely unaddressed despite the best efforts of victims and their families.
Please sign the Urgent Appeal petition for Kokulo at http://www.ahrchk.net/ua/mainfile.php/2010/3518/ and feel free to pass the message around to your contacts.
In Peace & Solidarity,