Seminar on PCSDs held in Dimapur

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Dimapur, August 30: A consultative meet cum seminar on “People’s commission on shrinking democratic space” (PCSDS) for Nagaland State was conducted on August 28 in collaboration with Peace Channel and North East Institute of Social Science and Research, at NEISSR conference hall, Dimapur with the objective to respond and advocate the issues of freedom of opinion, expressions, association, assembly, dissent, protest and all other rights, including harassment and criminalization of all human rights defenders (HRDs).
Speaking on the occasion, resource person Bondita Acharya, HRD from Assam, stated that human rights defenders are individuals, groups and associations, committed to defend and uphold all human rights and fundamental freedoms. She highlighted scenario of human rights violation in India postulating that we need to raise our voices against arbitrary arrest and detention, extrajudicial killings, prisoner rights, militarization, social and structural discrimination, employment and livelihood issues, forced evictions and displacements and no access to basic necessities for dignified human life, ecology, environment, people’s rights over land and natural resources, discrimination, rights of indigenous peoples, etc.
Acharya also elucidated that human rights agencies have failed to protect our rights and so human rights defenders should come forward to fight for our rights which have been compromised by the stakeholders starting from whistleblowers to law makers, who have failed to protect and promote fundamental freedoms of peoples and individuals, including principles of democracy and secularism.
T. Limanochet Jamir, Assistant Professor of Kohima Law College who is also a member of national working committee of PCSDS exhorted the gathering.
In his concluding remark, P. Leonard Aier, Principal of City Law College stated that state is the biggest violators of human rights who are supposed to safeguard the rights of the citizens. He elucidated that the state regulates law at the same time they misuse the law by coercive power and projects their authority to the citizens.
Altogether 120 participants from different organization and institution actively participated in the programme.
(Page News Service)