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Northeast Today

Protest against CAB in NE

Protest against CAB in NE
September 27
10:27 2019

NET Bureau

North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP) has proposed to launch a movement to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) 2016 starting October 3, 2019 in the North East states marking the beginning of the campaign against CAB.

This was announced by NEFIP president Ningthouja Lancha during a press conference held at SIRD guest house here on Thursday attended by NEFIP office bearers and NEFIP members.

Lancha said that the forum conducted its first central executive council (CEC) meeting in Kohima on October 25, 2019 and passed seven-point resolution. CEC meet, which was attended by more than 20 members from seven North East states, unanimously resolved to reiterate the resolutions passed earlier against the CAB 2016, which were submitted to the prime minister of India on August 9, 2019.

NEFIP has demanded immediate withdrawal of CAB 2016 and condemned the statement given by union home minister Amit Shah and finance minister of Assam and convenor of NEDA Biswa Sarma that the union government would reintroduce the bill in November or upcoming parliamentary session. NEFIP has proposed to sensitise the indigenous people of the North East region on the ill effects of CAB especially in the context of the region. NEFIP affirmed that any attempt made by the union or state government to impose any language on the indigenous people would not be accepted.

NEFIP has demanded that all the state legislative assemblies of the North East states adopt a resolution in the house urging the union government to take necessary steps to implement United Nations Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDEIP) in letter and spirit in NE region.

Further, NEFIP has resolved to seek the intervention of the United Nations in stopping the “continuous acts and practices that would be genocidal for the Indigenous peoples of the region.

Responding to query if the government of India went ahead with the bill, NEFIP president said they would never give up until the union government remove the CAB 2016 and would take the matter to the people what next to do.

Another NEFIP member said the Centre going ahead with the Bill would be the biggest mistake in the history of India’s independence, adding that the forum would “never compromise in this issue.”

NEFIP secretary general Robertjune Kharjahrin said CAB 2016 was misleading the common people by the politicians though the bill threatened the indigenous people of North East. He also said that NEFIP would create awareness to the common people the ill effect of the bill.

A member said CAB was mainly to target North East people and to invade the region without physical involvement. NEFIP member said it was “unconstitutional” to pass such Bill with bad motive.

Many members voiced out against the “evil design” behind the CAB 2016 especially against the North East states.

NEFIP members said the agitations would be democratically held in a phased-wise and continue up until they succeed.

NEFIP members consist of 11 JCPI members from Nagaland, 15 from Assam, 11 members each from Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura. All the NEFIP members of north east states are leading the apex civil society organizations in their respective states.

Source: Nagaland Post

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