‘A Call to Action to ensure Naga Rights’

‘A Call to Action to ensure Naga Rights’
As an observer of the Indo-Naga peace talks for nearly 13 years and as an official representative of the Government of the Peoples Republic of Nagalim led by NSCN (I-M) since July 2003* in the United States, I am sending a call to action for insuring the safety and rights of the Nagas residing in Manipur.
I am extremely distressed to learn that General Secretary Th. Muivah’s of GPRN/NSCN(I-M) pilgrimage to his hometown, Somdal, Manipur was thwarted by the Government of India (GOI) backed Manipur State Police Commandos, Manipur Indian Reserved Battalion, Police Commandos and Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB).
Upon reviewing the escalating tension there, it is obvious to me that the GOI armed forces personnel were sent with malicious intent. Their deployment identically followed General Secretary Muivah’s proposed route and itinerary, thus proving that the GOI had strategically planned violence against the Naga civilians.(see attached copy of Muivah’s itinerary)
This is opposite of what was originally promised to General Secretary Muivah which was freedom and security to travel there. Instead of insuring peaceful congregation of the Naga civilians, the GOI military purposely agitated the whole peace process and hurt and killed innocent lives.
This military invasion needs to be documented to human rights organizations around the world that on May 6, 2010 the historic peaceful celebratory occasion of General Secretary Muivah returning to his hometown after nearly four decades turned into an unprovoked violent nightmare. (GOI action here alone violated Article 5,7,9,11,12,13,15,18,19,20 and 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights).
The Naga civilians living in Manipur are the witnesses of the unwarranted abusive behavior and indiscriminate firing of bullets into the crowd (peaceful well wishers awaiting to catch a glimpse of their exiled leader), by the GOI armed forces and hold them responsible for taking the lives of two young adults, injuring nearly 100 civilians (mostly women) and displacing more than 2000 villagers.
It is my hope that our US public officials and the UN will investigate and intervene in this matter immediately as this issue is destabilizing the peace of the region. The pressure between the local Nagas and the GOI armed forces is mounting with no planned solutions in sight in the near future.
It is unconscionable to me that in 2010 that this type of politically derived military tactic is still being used to oppress the rights and voices of Naga people. It is very obvious India which touts itself as the “World Largest Democracy” (and uses Gandhi as their pivotal political/celebrity role model of non-violence to conflict) is again a hypocrite when it comes to this incident. Situations like this symbolize to the Naga people that the 13 year peace talks with GOI is nothing more than a farcical way of placating the Nagas not to pursue their right to self-determination.
It is crucial that the UN intervene and hold the Government of India – State Government of Manipur accountable for all their past human rights violations on the Naga people. More than 300,000 Nagas have been raped, beaten, tortured and killed since 1947all over different Naga territories (when this conflict first started because the Nagas refused to join the Indian Union and still maintains to this day it never has joined the India Union by conquest or concession).
The only belief that GOI can fault General Secretary Muivah for upholding (as the voice of the Naga people) is that all Nagas desire to live in peace, unity and implement their right to self-determination (which is a basic human right for all people-under the UN Charter, Chapter 1, Article 1, part 2 which states:
“To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace.”{10]
Article 1 in both the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)[11] and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).[12] Both read: “All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.”
The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights article 15 states that everyone has the right to a nationality and that no one should be arbitrarily deprived of a nationality or denied the right to change nationality.
I ask why cannot the International community get behind their desire for a life without military, economic and emotional oppression? Their involvement will immediately help restore hope for a peaceful future for the Naga people.
We appeal to all to:
1. The Govt. of Manipur to withdraw the Manipur IRB, Police Commandos and Manipur Rifles from the Naga areas
2. The Govt. of Manipur to withdraw all restriction of movements, including that of the General Secretary of NSCN, Mr. Th. Muivah
3. That the Government of India should honor its own commitment to allow Mr. Muivah to visit his native village and therefore prevail over the State Government of Manipur.

Grace Collins
Currently acting in the capacity of Honorary Ambassador of Nagalim,
United States & registered with the Department of Justice FA#5566.

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