HRLN, NMA organizes workshop on Human Rights and use of law in Nagaland

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Dimapur, February 16: Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) in collaboration with Naga Mothers Association and Nagaland University Teachers Association organised a Workshop on Human Rights and the use of law. In the workshop violations of human rights in the state were highlighted by the experts from varied fields.
Stressing on the need of protection of rights of the indigenous people, Dr. Colin Gonsalves, Sr. Advocate, Supreme Court & Founder HRLN impressed upon the need of strengthening the laws, utilizing the constitution as a weapon for the right of the indigenous people, for protection of people and their land. With the initiation of Look East Policy and the various ongoing connectivity projects there is a threat of migrants flooding in the land, he said adding, unless steps are taken 10 years from now Northeast including Nagaland will be unrecognisable as the people have to face the bulldozers of market forces prevailing in the name of sustainability and development.
While the Government will lure the public with investment and economic benefits it is not interested in the protection of land or the identity of the people, at the cost of the environment and the rights of the indigenous people which now poses as a huge threat in the face of Citizenship Amendment Act 2019, he stated.
On the question of the struggle of human rights in Nagaland, Dr. Rosemary Dzüvichü, Prof. NU, Advisor NMA and President NUTA said that there is a need to rethink how to address to the voice of the people in Nagaland who are suffering from gross violations and stigma that are not ready to address the issues of basic fundamental rights that the economically weaker section of Nagaland is not accessible to, such as women’s rights, land rights, child rights, land acquisitions.
“We need to empower our people to utilise the law through public interest litigation so that the people who unable to represent themselves and voice their sufferings be brought to light as we are still in the stages of basic requirements of livelihood and protection,” she said.
On the issue of RIIN, what is the concept of what citizenship is; what is the citizenship of a married woman outside her tribe is, she urged members of the society and various organisations to come together and deliberate, discuss the pros and cons of what is actually the need of the hour in addressing the issues of RIIN, CAA, Inner Line Permit.
Kegwahyun Tep, Education Secretary, NSF while speaking on NRC, CAA, RIIN reaffirmed the stand of opposing CAA, NRC as it is clearly in violation of the Constitution and Rhilo Mero President Nagaland University Student Union spoke on the National Registers of Citizens (NRC) Citizen (Amendment Act and Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN)
Joshua Sheqi, Advocate spoke on Land Acquisition, the importance of the quantum of compensation award on land acquired, rehabilitation and resettlement. Land ownership by the indigenous people and transfer of property in the State of Nagaland.
Angela Yhome, member of village council in Kohima Village and Secretary, Tennyimia Women Organization spoke elaborately on women rights, violations and discrimination against women. Protection of women should start from our homes and society, which is responsible to provide a environment of safety to a daughter, wife, sister to grow and prosper in her domain.
Asha Sanchu, Director Miqlat Ministry advocated strongly against the discrimination against sex workers, their rights and that law does not prosecute the sex workers and the need of the hour is safety of the survivors of trafficking, better shelter homes, rehabilitation and compensation.
Childline on the rights of Children, narrated various incidents in and around Nagaland particularly incidents of Child Labour in the name of providing free education to Children from villages and kept as domestic help. Incidents of violence, sexual abuse and trafficking.
Gwamphung, Civil Rights Forum deliberated on Defending the Defenders and the role of Civil Rights as the conscious conscience of the society.
KezhosanaKikhi , Nagaland State Legal Services Authority, Project Coordinator topic was on the emphasis of the Right to Education and the situation of the schools presently in Nagaland.
Abou Mere, Director Kripa Foundation elaborated on the right of HIV positive person as ‘protected persons’ under the HIV & AIDS (Prevention & Control) Act 2017 – he narrates incidents of consents as the main issue of concern. The HIV positive persons in Nagaland are not aware of this right and are not sensitised about their right to protect their identity as HIV effected persons.
Lucy Wungleng, positive person narrates various personnel stories of being stigmatises and discriminated as a positive person. She questions the daily challenges face in society by the positive persons.
Nieteo Koza, State Coordinator, HRLN impressed upon the need for acting against stigma and discrimination meted out to the PLHIV. She highlighted various concerns against the issues confronting the positive community in the state and said that unless the stigma and discrimination is done away with, further transmission of HIV virus cannot be curtailed. She talked about the challenges faced while dealing with issues on human rights in and outside the court rooms. She urged the participants to make positive use of judicial system for fighting the elements of evil prevailing in the state.
Abei-üMerü, President, Naga Mothers Association in her speech said that 33% of reservation of seats for women in the municipality has still not being implemented in the state, she recounted the series of incidents and struggle encountered by NMA while pursuing the proceedings of the 33% reservation case in the Supreme Court.
Dr. Alana Golmei, Member of Monitoring Committee for racial discrimination against the North East as directed by Supreme Court and founder PANN NU Foundation highlighted on the Bezbaruah Committee which was constituted to control and prevent racial discrimination and attacks against the people from North-eastern States.
The workshop was held at Nagaland University, Meriema Campus and attended by various member of Civil society, law Students, Teachers, Professors, Lawyers, Members of the Bar, journalist and many people from various walk of life.
(Page News Service)