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NESO resolves to press for repeal of AFSPA

Imphal, Oct 23 : North East Students' Organisation (NESO) with support from Khasi Students' Union (KSU) organized a 'North East Consultation on Human Rights: Soliciting People's Opinion on Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958' on October 21 at Shillong Club, Shillong with Mr..G.PWahlang (IAS), former Chief Information Commissioner of Meghalaya as the Chief Guest.

After a thread bare discussion, the consultation unanimously resolved to demand repeal of AFSPA and similar draconian state laws like the Meghalaya Maintenance of Public Order Act and Meghalaya Preventive Detention Act, and also to sensitize the student community of the North East on the human rights consequences of the prolonged imposition of AFSPA in the region.

Among others, the consultation also resolved to translate the AFSPA text and other related literature into vernacular languages in order to deepen the understanding by the communities, and to demand establishment and effective functioning of human rights institutions like the National Human Rights Commission, State Human Rights Commission, Women's Commission, Right to Information Commission etc.

in all the North Eastern States to protect the human rights of the people.

It also decided to put pressure on Members of Parliament from the region to raise the issue of AFSPA in Parliament.