NCP MLA raises defunct state Human Rights Commission issue

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IMPHAL, September 7: The Human Rights Law Network today held a one day consultation on the functioning of Manipur Human Rights Commission at the Classic Hotel.

A book entitled “Rugged road to justice: A Social Audit of Human Rights Commission in India” was released during the consultation programme. Keishamthong MLA Laishom Ibomcha attending as the chief guest of the consultation said the Manipur Human Rights Commission has been lying defunct for the past three years; even then there has been no approach of the government to revive the Commission which has reduced only to a namesake, he added.

The lone NCP MLA in the state Assembly continued that the police have absolute control over the law and order situation in the state; dominating even the functions and powers of the judiciary.

Coming to the present issue of the international border fencing issue, he said he had raised the issue of the missing border pillars during the state Assembly in 2002, however, the then ruling government had failed to provide any proper reply.

The proposed committee of ministers which is supposed to physically visit and inspect the border fencing row will never consider the issue properly, he commented.

The promises of the recently passed Food Security Bill and other centrally sponsored schemes to provide rice and other basic needs at the lowest possible prices are good only in paper and it will be hard to materialise the provisions of the schemes in reality, said Human Rights Alert, executive member Babloo Loitongbam.

He further condemned the state ministers for violating the minimum human rights of the general public.  

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