The seminar held on Saturday February 12, 2001 was a success. Here is a newspaper clipping from The Hindu.
Here are some glimpses of the event.
The SHRC along with SICHREM conducted a raid yesterday 10 February, 2011 Mico layout outpost police station and seized equipments used for torture. The electronic media and press were present at the spot.
Here is the TOI report of the raid.
Venue: SCM House, Mission Road, Bangalore
Date: February 3, 2011
Time: 9.30 am to 4pm
The main speakers are: Prof. Bimol (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
Babloo (Human Rights Alert, Imphal)
Nitan (Extra Judicial Execution Victim Families’ Association Manipur)
Chandam Netraj (Director of documentary film, `April 6th).
And other speakers from various organisations of Bangalore.
A protest in solidarity with Sharmila Irom Chanu is also organised at 5-7pm, Town Hall, Bangalore.
Seminar on AFSPA and protest in solidarity with Sharmila Irom Chanu
dear friends, Sharmila Irom Chanu today symbolises the peoples struggle against tyranny and oppression, she has been on a world record fast, her determined unique sojourn against the Indian state’s intransigence has reached ten and a quarter years. The people of Manipur, other north eastern states and those in the valley of Kashmir live a life under brutality in this so-called largest democracy of the world.
in the recent period, the draconian AFSPA has come to be debated severely and the decibel levels against that unjust law is also growing by the day. without any hesitation one can say that it is the a decade long fast of Sharmila that shakes the conscience of the people of this land.
Given the disgusting political super structure of India which is infested with scams, nepotism, political horse trading which are nothing but the boons of neo-liberal offensive unleashed upon the people in the name of development, the issues of democratic justice to nationalities and identities get swamped in the glitter of growth and the mirage of becoming “super power”.
But people with democratic and solidarity concerns have to bond together and discuss these issues of our polity in detail, which can then show us a way forward from the mess that the militarist “nationalist” elite of this country have created.
Please join us in a seminar on AFSPA, speakers from north east including Manipur will be sharing their concerns. ‘Le Mashalien’ a one woman play on Sharmila Irom by Ojas SV will also be staged during this meeting at 4 pm. ‘April 6th’A film on the plight of the widows of Manipur whose husbands were murdered by the Indian Army will also be screened at the venue at 1.30 pm.
The events are organised in Bangalore by Peoples’ Solidarity Concerns, SICHREM, Pedestrian Pictures, Open Space, New Socialist Alternative, Students Christian Movement of India, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, Visual Search, Indian Social Institute, Moving Republic and other organisations
Please do join us and also feel free to bring your friends.
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Being part of the People’s Solidarity Concern, from SICHREM Mr Mathews participated in a press release for the repeal of the draconian AFSPA. This was done as part of a six day campaign in view of the completion of the 10 year hunger strike by poet and activist Irom Sharmila, to repeal the AFSPA.