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LSU directs all units to actively advocate for repeal of AFSPA from Naga homeland

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CSU condemns AFSPA extension in Nagaland

DIMAPUR, MAY 14: The Lotha Students’ Union (LSU), while extending sincere gratitude to all its constituent units for their unwavering support and cooperation, directed all the constituent units to align with the reaffirmed position of the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) regarding the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) from our Naga homeland.
In a press release, the LSU stated that during the 1st Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) Federal Assembly held on November 25, 2023, for the tenure 2023-2025, the house resolved that all federating units must restrict their members from engaging in any form of collaboration with the Indian Armed Forces within educational institutions and during student-related events. This resolution reaffirms the stance adopted in the 2nd NSF Federal Assembly tenure 2021-2022, underscoring our collective commitment to protecting the rights and dignity of our people.
“The AFSPA has been a longstanding source of hardship and injustice for innocent citizens in our homeland. The act grants excessive powers to the armed forces, often resulting in severe human rights violations, including arbitrary detentions, extrajudicial killings and unwarranted harassment of civilians”, it stated.
The LSU has directed all units to actively advocate for the repeal of AFSPA from Naga homeland, which includes organizing awareness campaigns, collaborating with other civil society organizations and engaging with local and national authorities to amplify our unified voice against this draconian law.
It also directed all constituent units to ensure that their members refrain from any collaboration with the Indian Armed Forces within educational institutions and during student-related events. This includes but is not limited to participation in events organized or sponsored by the armed forces and any form of endorsement or support for military activities within academic settings, it added.
The LSU stated that each constituent unit is responsible for monitoring and ensuring compliance with this directive. Reports on actions taken and compliance status should be submitted to the LSU office.
Meanwhile, the Chakhesang Students’ Union (CSU) has directed all affiliated and subordinate units to extend non-cooperation and abstain from any association with the Indian Armed Forces operating under the purview of the AFSPA.
Stating that the recent extension of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in parts of Nagaland by the Union Ministry of Home A?airs (MHA) only exacerbates the fear and unrest already prevalent in our State, the CSU said the AFSPA grants unbridled power to the armed forces deployed in “disturbed areas”, leading to a ?agrant disregard for human rights and the rule of law.
The CSU also condemned the extension of the AFSPA in Nagaland.
It also called upon the Government of the day to heed the voices of the people and repeal AFSPA without delay. “It is imperative that we restore dignity, justice, and respect for human rights in our beloved state of Nagaland. Let us unite in our resolve to combat oppression and injustice, and work towards a future where the rights and freedoms of all citizens are safeguarded”, it said in a press release.
(Page News Service)