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Santosh Hegde Commission submits report on Manipur extra judicial killings

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Supreme Court-appointed high-power commissionheaded by the retired SC judge Santosh Hegde, probing six cases of alleged extra-judicial killings in Manipur, has found in their report that these were not genuine encounters and the victims did not have any criminal records. The report makes it clear that the guidelines on encounters laid down by the SC in the Naga People’s Movement case was not followed.

Manipur State government had argued that it is the duty of NHRC (National Human Rights Council) to probe such issues and SC can come only after that but apex court cited the provisions of Article 21 coupled with 32 which provides the right to life and personal liberty and violation of this right, according to SC, mandates it to intervene and find out the truth.

The commission includes the former Chief Election Commissioner, J.M. Lyngdoh, and the former DGP, Karnataka, Ajay Kumar Singh, besides Mr Hegde and was appointed in Jan 2013 to hold the enquiry into alleged fake encounter killings in Manipur after a PIL was filed by families. The commission was also mandated to address the larger question of the role of the State police and the security forces and make a report on their functioning and make recommendations for keeping the police and security forces within the legal limits without compromising on the fight against insurgency, If it was found that they violated legal bounds.

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Seminar on Targeted Violence in North East with Special Reference to Karbi Anglong

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Seminar

Targeted Violence in North East with Special Reference to Karbi Anglong

Date:- 1st March 2014

Time:- 2 PM

Venue:- Indian Women’s Press Corp

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Hearing about the brutal killings of  Naga’s and others in Karbi Anglong autonomous council a group of senior journalist health workers ,academics did a fact finding in the conflict affected areas.

After extensive travel  a preliminary report was drawn up and submitted to the Governor of Assam and the Chief Justice of the Gauhati High court.

The team members kept close contact with villagers checking the authorities reactions to representations made.

A final report has been drawn up in the meantime and is to be released in a seminar on ‘Targeted Violence in North East with Special Reference to Karbi Anglong’

The final programme will be sent shortly however concerns about attacks in Delhi on people from North East will also form a part of the deliberations.

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National Consultation on Improving Criminal Legal Aid in India

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NATIONAL CONSULTATION

ON

IMPROVING CRIMINAL LEGAL AID IN INDIA

18TH and 19TH January 2014

Sarvodaya Hall, St Pious College, Goregaon (E), Mumbai

Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, which guarantees every citizen ‘the right to life’, has been interpreted by the Supreme Court to include the provision of free criminal legal aid to every indigent person[1]. The Legal System in India, although rich in many ways, is still a nightmare to several in prisons who seek justice through it. The inaccessibility of the poor to lawyers, an almost absent pro-bono culture, the complexity of the system, the inordinate delays, the lack of adequate legal training, corruption and a failure to implement the law, are some of the problems that the system is riddled with. Yet, in the midst of these, we must believe that systemic change is possible.

A 2012 year-end report of the National Crime Records Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs, has held 66.2% of various types of prison inmates to constitute ‘under trials’. In the State of Bihar, at the end of 2012, there were 24,389 under trial prisoners and 4108 convicted prisoners in prisons across the State. These Statistics speak volumes for the lack of access to Legal Aid.According to Mr. Alexander Jacob, Ex - Director General of Prisons and Correctional Services, Kerala, at least 20 percent of Prison inmates are not guilty and behind bars due to lack of access to Legal Aid.

There is an acute need to bring in mechanisms to encourage lawyers to provide Legal Aid, either privately or through the government system. Reform in the access to Criminal Legal Aid will be vital in ensuring two equally footed lawyers present a fair trial.

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Out of Focus in the Shadow of AFSPA: Extra Judicial Killings, 3rd Aug 2013 , New Delhi

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PERFORMANCE: Irom Sharmila’s Poetry by Maya Rao, Actor, Dancer, Educationist
OUR STORIES: 7 Families and their stories of loss & grieving
PERFORMANCE: Inder Salim, Performance Artist
PANEL DISCUSSION: Extrajudicial killings and AFSPA in Manipur and other states in India 
Moderated by: Urvashi Butalia, Feminist, Publisher, Writer

Speakers:

- Mukul Sinha, Advocate, Gujarat High Court
- Satyabrata Pal, Member- National Human Rights Commission
- Colin Gonsalves, Senior Advocate - Supreme Court of India. 

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