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NSF condemns AFSPA extension in ‘Naga homeland’

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DIMAPUR, APRIL 1: The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has condemned the recent decision by the Central Government to extend the application of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the Naga homeland.
The Centre has declared 8 districts and 21 police stations across 5 other districts of Nagaland as ‘disturbed’ for a period of 6 months until September 30, 2024, under the provisions of AFSPA.
The NSF said this extension of AFSPA is not just a matter of legal technicalities; it represents a continued disregard for the rights, dignity and aspirations of the Naga people.
Stating that AFSPA is a draconian law that has only served to deepen the mistrust and alienation between the civilian population and the security forces, the NSF said the decision to extend AFSPA in Nagaland is particularly egregious given the region’s long-standing quest for peace, justice and reconciliation.
In a press release issued by its president Medovi Rhi and general secretary, Chumben Khuvung, the NSF stated instead of addressing the root causes of conflict and working towards a meaningful resolution, the Government has chosen to perpetuate a system of state-sanctioned violence and oppression.
The NSF believed that the extension of AFSPA is not only unjust but also counterproductive to the goal of achieving lasting peace and stability in Nagaland.
The Federation called upon the Government of India to immediately revoke the extension of AFSPA in Nagaland and engage in sincere dialogue with all stakeholders to address the underlying grievances and aspirations of the Naga people.
It also urged the international community, human rights organizations and all people of conscience to stand in solidarity with the Naga people in our struggle against the oppressive regime of AFSPA.
“We will not rest until our voices are heard, our rights are respected and our homeland is free from the shackles of militarization and oppression. The NSF remains steadfast in its commitment to defending the rights and interests of the Naga people and we will continue to mobilize and organize until justice is served”, the release stated.
(Page News Service)

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