Respond to the voices of the people: International Human Rights Council – NEZB

Kohima, December 24 (NE): Keeping in view the present situation prevailing in different states of the North East as well as in several other states across the nation, mainly with regard to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019 as well as the National Register of Citizens (NRC) issues, the International Human Rights Council (IHRC) North East Zonal Board (NEZB) would like to express its deepest concern and appeal to all sections of the society, including student organizations; community organizations; civil society organizations; NGOs; all the representatives of different groups, forums and organizations and the like to work hand in hand and in close coordination with one another to restore peace and harmony in the region and the country as a whole, informed through a press release issued by President IHRC-NEZB, Christopher Hembrom and General Secretary IHRC-NEZB, Wilson Hasda on December 23, 2019.

Everyone has the right to raise their voices and the right to be heard. Michelle Bachelet the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in her message on World Human Rights Day 2019 stated Raising our voices is essential to the creation of a future of peace, justice and sustainable development. She further said Policy-makers everywhere need to listen to these calls [voices]. And in response, they need to shape more effective, more principled policies.

Accordingly, on behalf of IHRC-NEZB, we appeal to all sections to raise voices constructively, having no place for violence. Concurrently, we appeal to the respective State Governments and the Government of India to respond to these voices of the people and come out with amicable, harmonious and cordial solutions, it added.

IHRC-NEZB appeal to the leaders and representatives of all the political parties to work and engage towards promotion of peace and harmony in the region and the nation as a whole. Every single person is entitled to all rights whether it be Civil, Political, Economic, Social or Cultural. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights establishes the equal dignity and worth of every person. Its perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity is universal, i.e. for all people and all nations.

But whenever and wherever humanitys values are abandoned, we all are at greater risk. It is disheartening to know about the death incidents in Assam as well as in Uttar Pradesh, which included even minors, which occurred recently as a result of the ongoing situation in the country.

The IHRC-NEZB expresses its deepest condolence to the bereaved families and urge upon the respective State Human Rights Commissions as well as the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to act on its own immediately and inquire into the matters and take appropriate measures to curtail further violations of human rights, thereby ensuring protection of human rights of each and every individual residing within North East and India as a whole.

The cases regarding arrest of Akhil Gogoi, RTI activist, and that of others from Assam as well as from other parts of the country too have come to our notice. It is our humble plea to the respective authorities to deal with these cases without violating human rights. It is pertinent that the Government take appropriate and immediate actions against those propagating open incitement for violence but let those raising voices democratically and peacefully not be harassed. It has also come to our notice through various news media that the actions taken against different University students raising voices against CAA and NRC has further flared up the situation leading to similar protests in many other institutions across the nation. It is thus our humble plea and appeal to the Government to deal with such situations cautiously and responsibly.

IHRC-NEZB also appeal upon all the religious leaders, institutions and organizations to play proactive role in uplifting and promoting peace and harmony and to exercise their rights for the well-being of the country and its people. Finally, we urge upon everyone, regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, or any other status, to march for our right to a future of peace, justice and equal opportunities. Let us all stand up for human rights and end peace poverty, stated in a press release.