Indian CSOs condemn ‘clampdown on Naga civil society’
Dimapur, February 7: In a shocking development, the secretary general of Naga Peoples’ Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR), Neingulo Krome was de-boarded from a Kolkata-Bangkok flight on February 5 by immigration authorities, reportedly on orders of the Government of India.
Neingulo Krome was reportedly told by immigration authorities that he is not allowed to travel abroad as per the orders of the ‘Government’. There was no additional clarification offered to him or any list shown with his name, according to reports.
Various people’s organizations and concerned individuals that includes among others Medha Patkar, NAPM; Syeda Hameed, former Member, Planning Commission, New Delhi; Tapan Bose, Pakistan India People’s Forum for Peace & Democracy and Dr Sunilam, Socialist Front, has condemned the incident, terming it as “clampdown on Naga civil society” by Government of India.
“We the concerned people, mass organisations and peace, human rights groups condemn the silent but targeted attack by Government of India and its agencies on the Naga civil society leaders and the leaders of the NSCN,” said a joint statement issued today.
“We are certain that by not allowing the leader of one of India’s oldest human rights organisations to travel abroad, GoI has made yet another statement about their intolerance and arrogance. But additionally, we are concerned that it is also in many ways an open attack on the Naga people’s rights, amidst a 23 year old peace process and ceasefire.
“Despite having signed the ‘framework agreement’ with the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (I-M) in 2015, Government of India is yet to concretise or publicise the details of the document. The insult to dignity and denial of travel rights for the NPMHR leader is yet another sign of GoI’s disrespect towards and backtracking from the ceasefire and the framework agreement. We are worried that the Government of India, while battling without an escape route in the siege in Jammu & Kashmir, is opening another war front in the Northeast region,” it said.
The statement observed that the illegal and unlawful de-boarding of Krome is preceded by several cases that Government agencies have been slapping on Naga people. “A few civil society leaders and NSCN cadres have been framed under UAPA and are languishing in jails.”
Krome was a key speaker at the NAPM biennial held at Puri, a couple of months back and at the Democratic Rights Convention in Delhi in September 2019. “He is an important and committed human rights defender from the region and he leads one of the most respected HR organisations, world over,” they said.
Condemning the act of the Government and demanding that Krome be allowed to travel, the statement also demanded that the Government respect the spirit and letter of the peace process and desist from the witch-hunt against Naga people and their leaders.
(Page News Service)