Mumbai: Perceiving the educational horizons *UN Rapporteur on extra-judicial killings and AFSPA

April 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Church, India, Maharashtra, National, newsletter-india

Maharashtra, April 07, 2012: Students as well as parents are invited to sessions promoting higher education among Christians, especially those in Mumbai.

The aim is to show that umpteen possibilities are available for our catholic community which is not being utilized well enough by our community. Even finance matters which look beyond our means can be tackled.

The objective is so that youth can get into the top layer of the city’s employment market… But for all this , one needs to have the right information & thus make the right choice.

Distinguished panelist representing the various catholic professional & technical institutes will address your queries. The venues and timing are as below

On Sun April 15th 2012
Venue: Don Bosco Institute of Technology, Nr. Vidyavihar Station, Kurla West.
Time: 10 am – 12 noon

On Sun April 15th 2012
Venue: St Francis Institute of Technology, Borivili West.
Time: 5 pm – 7 pm.

The programe is organized by: Association of Catholic Christian Minority Institutions (ACCMI)
RSVP email:
only: Fr Felix D’Souza 9820831665 Mr Lavy A D’Costa: 9819377556

UN Rapporteur on extra-judicial killings and AFSPA


India, April 07, 2012: The strong words of the UN Rapporteur, Christof Heyns on both the extra-judical killings and recommending for repealing and revoking AFSPA by the Indian Government is to be welcomed. In a civilian democratic government set up, such a law should not have been enacted at all and yet our representative civilian governments, both at the Centre and States, should take recourse to should a law in dealing with armed resistance in the North East and Kashmir is both ironical and smacks of ‘colonial’ attitude towards peoples of these two regions, viz. north & north east.

Despite repeated appeals for revoking this draconian military law by all sections of society and the 12th year fasting by Irom Sharmila all fall on deaf ears in the corridors of power both at the States (except Kashmir) and Centre. The National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) way back in August, 2004 had sent letters of appeal to India’s PM to revoke this AFSPA but not even acknowledged receipt.

The Justice Jeevan Reddy Commission had recommended that this law be repealed as already there are many Indian laws and sections in the Indian Penal Code which can deal with such issues but that too, is lying in cold storage and since, has not seen the light of day, like many of those who have become victims of such a law which allows the military, para-military and local police to arrest without charge any one suspected of being an ‘underground’, supporter and sympathiser of ‘underground’ movements, even to the extent of executing ‘extreme action.’

It is obvious that the military wing would not want such power to be taken away and the perks that go with it. So also, the para-military and State police since it bestows on them immense power and authority to silence dissent and protest in the name of ‘security’ and ‘national sovereignty’. And the civilian governments listen to these ringside voices who play centre-stage in such matters rather than to the innocent peoples who become victims of AFSPA.

Well, it would be advisable for the Govt. of India to revoke this military law before the UNHRC makes strong resolution against its continued enforcement in the north and north east regions of the country. If India can side with the US against Sri Lanka, next it will be completely isolated in the global arena with regard to AFSPA. Why call for human rights observation to others when you yourself are trampling the human rights and dignity of the same people you govern on their behalf?

– rev. dr. p.b.m. basaiawmoit, vice president, ncci

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