NEFIP to take CAB issue to UNO , protests across NE from Oct 3
IMPHAL, 27th Sep: In condemnation of the bid of the central government to implement the disputed Citizenship Amendment Bill in the north east states, mass protests will be staged in all the seven north east states under the banner of North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP) on October 3.
Addressing a press meet held at Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) office located at Sega Road here on Friday, NEFIP federating member Yumnamcha Dilipkumar, who is also Manipur People against Citizenship Amendment Bill (MANPAC) convener, conveyed that the first central executive council meeting of NEFIP held on September 25 at SIRD auditorium in Kohima, Nagaland discussed the main issues pertaining to the north east and unanimously adopted various resolutions which include staging of mass protests in the region on October 3 to ask the centre not to table the much-debated CAB in the Parliament again.
He informed that NEFIP federating members along with the public will stage democratic protests against CAB in their respective states starting October 3 and in solidarity with the resolution, MANPAC will also launch similar protests. Modes and dates for the protests will be announced later. In the meantime, public meetings and discussions in the presence of student bodies and civil society organisations will also be held, he added.
Dilipkumar also informed that the meeting strongly condemned the recent declaration made by Union Home minister Amit Shah who is also BJP national president during the conclave of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) in Guwahati that Hindi should be made the national language of the country based on ‘One Nation, One Language’ theory.
He said that NEFIP federating members had submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi through governors of their respective states on August 9 urging the PM to not enforce CAB in the north east but there has no response so far.
Referring to the resolutions taken by the central executive council meeting held in Kohima, NEFIP president Ningthouja Lancha divulged that the meeting strongly resolved to seek the intervention of United Nations Organisation (UNO) in case the central government keeps trying to implement CAB which he contended is aimed at erasing indigenous people of the north east by providing citizenship rights to illegal migrants.
NEFIP also plans to launch a movement to protest against CAB 2016 starting October 3 in the North East states marking the beginning of the campaign against CAB.
Ningthouja Lancha told newspersons at SIRD guest house on Thursday in the presence of NEFIP office bearers and members that the first central executive council (CEC) meeting of the forum held on September 25 passed seven-point resolution. The CEC meet was attended by more than 20 members from seven North East states. It unanimously resolved to reiterate the resolutions passed earlier against the CAB 2016, which were submitted to the prime minister of India on August 9, 2019.
NEFIP has demanded immediate withdrawal of CAB 2016 and condemned the statement given by union home minister Amit Shah and finance minister of Assam and convener of NEDA Himanta Biswa Sarma that the union government would reintroduce the bill in November or upcoming parliamentary session. NEFIP has proposed to sensitise the indigenous people of the North East region on the ill effects of CAB especially in the context of the region. NEFIP affirmed that any attempt made by the union or state government to impose any language on the indigenous people would not be accepted.
NEFIP demanded that all the state legislative assemblies of the North East states adopt a resolution in the house urging the union government to take necessary steps to implement United Nations Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDEIP) in letter and spirit in NE region.
Further, NEFIP has resolved to seek the intervention of the United Nations in stopping the “continuous acts and practices that would be genocidal for the Indigenous peoples of the region.
Responding to query if the government of India went ahead with the bill, the NEFIP president said they would never give up until the union government removes the CAB 2016 and would take the matter to the people what next to do. Another NEFIP member said the Centre going ahead with the Bill would be the biggest mistake in the history of India’s independence, adding that the forum would “never compromise in this issue.”
NEFIP secretary general Robertjune Kharjahrin said CAB 2016 was misleading the common people by the politicians though the bill threatened the indigenous people of North East. He also said that NEFIP would create awareness to the common people about the ill effect of the bill.
A member said CAB was mainly to target North East people and to invade the region without physical involvement. NEFIP member said it was “unconstitutional” to pass such Bill with bad motive.
Many members voiced out against the “evil design” behind the CAB 2016 especially against the North East states.
NEFIP members said the agitations would be democratically held in a phased-wise and continue up until they succeed.
NEFIP members consist of 11 JCPI members from Nagaland, 15 from Assam, 11 members each from Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura. All the NEFIP members of north east states are leading the apex civil society organizations in their respective states.
(Courtesy: Nagaland Post)