On July 25th, in an effort to quell the ongoing ethnic clashes between the Meteir community and the Kuki tribe in Manipur, the National Human Rights Commission of India released a statement urging the Manipur Government to halt the violence and human rights violations. According to PTI’s report, the statement was issued late on Tuesday night and stated, “”The authorities are directed to ensure that no further violence, which resulted in violation of human rights, takes place. In most of the matters relating to violation of human rights due to continued violence in the state of Manipur, the action taken reports sought by it from the state government are awaited.”” The commission stressed the importance of understanding the actions taken by the relevant authority over a prolonged period of incidents and ongoing disturbances. The NHRC has given the Manipur government a two-week timeframe to take appropriate actions against those responsible for crimes against humanity. The commission also seeks information about the efforts made by the administration to assist the welfare of the victims. To assess the situation, the commission posed several questions to the government before reaching a final decision: 1. What is the current amount of compensation awarded to the victims of violence? 2. How many individuals and families have been covered under the compensation scheme? 3. What steps have been taken for the rehabilitation of the victims and the deceased’s next of kin? 4. How many persons or families of the victims have been rehabilitated to date? 5. Has the process of providing compassionate employment to the next of kin of the deceased, who died due to unfortunate violence, been initiated? If so, what stage is it in, and how many persons have been appointed on compassionate employment basis? 6. What measures have been implemented by the concerned authorities to promote harmony, restore common brotherhood, protect human lives, safeguard private and public properties, prevent violence, especially against women, and foster fraternity and a spirit of brotherliness among the community? This is not the first time that the NHRC has intervened in the ongoing Manipur issue. Their first intervention occurred on July 20th, focusing on the May 4th incident when three Kuki-Zo women were stripped, paraded, and sexually assaulted by a mob, with the video of the incident going viral on social media the day before. The commission expects that sufficient measures are taken to support the communities, prevent violence, and maintain peace, harmony, and unity, as mandated by Article 51-A of the Constitution of India.
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