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NE human rights orgs oppose Citizenship Bill


Dimapur, July 14: A conclave of human rights and civil society organizations of Northeast India against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 was held here today at Hotel Saramati.
The members deliberated and appreciated the contents and intents of the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016. It also understood the threats by the proposed bill to the very existence of indigenous people and their survival, land and future and decided that such “communal, anti-constitutional and anti-indigenous peoples bill” must not be allowed to be imposed upon Northeast India much against people’s will.
The indigenous members of the Northeastern states resolved to have a united stand and action at all fronts that “threaten our people hood, our land and our future” and to submit Memorandum to President of India and the Chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
The conclave also decided to organize a sustained movement and hold simultaneous demonstration in all the sister states’ capitals of the North East India against the proposed bill to prevent it from enactment in the Parliament; and to jointly hold demonstration at Delhi.
They also decided to form a North East Coordination Committee against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, with members from 5 states-Anup Chetia and Lachit Bordoloi from Assam; Patal Kanya Jamatia and Nandal Jamatia from Twipra; Tage Lapung and Tadar Tarish from Arunachal Pradesh; Longjam Ratankumar and Bishanjit Loitongbam from Manipur; and Neingulo Krome and N Venuh from Nagaland. (Page News Service)