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Editorial : KILLER COLAS & KILLER MEDICINES OF
mention the type & quantity of ingradients on each food product. Even , under the present food Act itself the government officials can ban the harmful colas & other products in the interest of public health & lives. Then how will they get kickbacks ?
The cola companies are so cunning & ruthless that they have used muscle power – rowdies , corrupt police personnel & assaulted harmless peaceful protestors. The cola companies have purchased justice previously in kerala & got favourable judgement. Due to presence of cola companies , under water table has depleted in surrounding villages. The farmers are unable to grow their crops & are committing suicides. One of the senior executive of a cola company – BEJOIS , MADE MURDER THREATS , FIX-UPS IN FALSE CASES TO EDITOR OF HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH'S and even made false complaint to police , but repeatedly failed to turn-up for enquiry fearing that truth will come out. The police closed the case subsequently.
Just a few months back , there was a programme called "bad medicine" on BBC channel , where in the drugs controller for
companies & drugs control department officials and unearthed a huge scam of Rs.200 crore of fake medicines. However the government didn't take any action as politicians were also part of the ring & threw the report on a back burner.
arm of corruption has even reached the apex court. JAI HIND , VANDE MATARAM , GOD' SAVE MY
COCA-COLA , PEPSI COLA & OTHER SOFT DRINK MANUFACTURERS
-Are you disclosing full information to the consumers about contents of your products ?
various soft drink manufacturers & bottled drinking water manufacturers draw their raw material- water from the tube wells . nowadays due to excessive usage of chemical fertilizers , pesticide , insecticides , the ground water table is polluted by these chemicals . these are very harmful for human beings. In some areas even the ground water is poisoned by arsenic & flouride . In addition the soft drink manufacturers use chemical flavours , food additives & preservatives in their products . these are also harmful to human beings above certain limits.
Some of the MNCs are practicing double standards , while in their home operations in the U.S.A they are strictly adhering to F.D.A norms as consumer safety is strictly enforced there by the government , while in
manufacturers specifically coca-cola & pepsi,
1.how you are removing the harmful chemicals from the tube well water ie your raw material ?
2.how you are ensuring the proper mixture of food additives , preservatives & flavours within safe limits ?
3.why not you are giving the exact quantity of all contents in the soft drink of your's on the product itself ?
4. are you exactly replicating your manufacturing & quality norms of your U.S.A operations in
5.are you strictly adhering to food norms of government of
6. are you keeping the F.D.A NORMS OF U.S.A as benchmark for your operations in
7. are you ready for the laboratory test of your product randomly selected by the consumer ?
8. Are they using genetically modified food ingredients ?
9. are they using ingredients sourced from animal origins ?.
HUMAN RIGHTS SCENARIO IN
Another major problem facing the country is the caste system. Despite many commitments expressed by
The absence of justice also contributes to deeply entrenched poverty and starvation. The AHRC's studies on starvation deaths have revealed that there have been deaths caused by starvation even due to the negligence of magistrates who have particular responsibilities relating to these matters.
In short, the neglect of justice in
AN APPEAL TO HONOURABLE CHIEF MINISTER OF
Dear Chief Minister,
INDIA: Human rights activist detained in police custody on a frivolous charge
Name of victim: Mr. Gopen Sharma, aged about 44 years, Bayarampur village, Jalangi, Murshidabad district, West Bengal state, India
Alleged perpetrators: Police officers attached with Raninagar police station, Murshidabad district, West Bengal state, India
Place of incident: Kaharpara and Raninagar police station
Date of incident: 8 February 2007
I am writing to you to express my concern regarding an alleged incident of assault and detention of a human rights activist Mr. Gopen Sharma on 8 February 2007. I am informed that Gopen was assaulted by Sarkar, a resident of Kaharpara on
I am informed that Gopen sought help from the BSF officer who instead of helping Gopen took him into custody and produced him before the Raninagar police station. However, the police officers too refused to help Gopen, but registered a case against him as crime 21/2007 and detained him in custody. I am also informed that Mr. Sarkar, who assaulted Gopen is also detained in custody, but without any charge and is likely to let off.
I am concerned to know about this case since the facts of the case suggest that the police is engaged in a harassment tactic upon Gopen since they know that he was responsible for filing complaints against them in the past with the National Human Rights Commission and also the state government authorities. I am also concerned why the police desisted from informing Gopen the reason for his arrest and detention, which is a violation of procedural laws in
I therefore request you to kindly intervene in this matter so that an inquiry is ordered into the entire incident and the conduct of the Raninagar police in relation to crime 21/2007 is inquired into. I also request you to take appropriate actions so that a case is also registered against Mr. Sarkar, who assaulted Gopen and the case against Gopen is withdrawn if necessary after an independent inquiry.
I hope that you will take appropriate actions in this case at the earliest.
NAGARAJ MYSORE RAGHUPATHI
AN APPEAL TO HONOURABLE CHIEF MINISTER OF MANIPUR
Dear The Chief Minister of
Name of victims:
1. Mr. Henpu Singsit Khoken, resident of New Keithelmanbi village, Seiprameina, Senapati district, Manipur [deceased]
2. Mr. S. Letkholal Haokip alias Palal, resident of Khoken village, New Keithelmanbi, Seiprameina, Senapati district, Manipur
3. Mr. Seiminthang Haokip, resident of Kotlen village, New Keithelmanbi, Seiprameina, Senapati district, Manipur
Alleged perpetrators: Personnel from 32 Assam Rifle (AR) stationed at Kotlen village, Senapati district, Manipur
Place of incident: Khoken church compound in Khoken village, Seiprameina, Senapati district, Manipur state, India
Date of incident: At around 12:30pm on 31 January 2007
I am writing to you to express my concern regarding an alleged incident of indiscriminate firing in a church compound by the officers from the 32 Assam Rifle (AR) on 31 January 2007 at about 12.30 p.m. in Khoken village of Senapati district of Manipur. I am informed that a person, aged about 36 years succumbed to the bullet injury and two others were seriously injured in the incident. I am informed that the AR has refused to accept responsibility of the incident.
I am also informed that the victim Mr. Henpu, who sustained a bullet injury in his chest, succumbed to the injuries on the way to the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS). The other two were admitted to the same hospital and currently undergoing treatment.
I am also informed about the statements given by the injured persons at the RIMS. Mr. Letkholal who sustained a bullet injury on his left arm is in a position to identify the AR officers who fired at them.
I therefore urge you to immediately intervene in this case and register case of murder against AR officers responsible for the firing. The officers must be identified, arrested and prosecuted. I also urge you to give appropriate compensation to the deceased\'s family and the injured persons. The witnesses in the case, including the injured must be given complete protection so that they are not forced to withdraw their statements.
Further, I request you to ensure that the civil and political rights of the people of Manipur are safeguarded by ending the military rule and an unconditional withdrawal of the emergency laws in the state.
I hope that you will take appropriate actions in this case at the earliest.
NAGARAJ MYSORE RAGHUPATHI
AN APPEAL TO HONOURABLE CHAIRMAN NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
Dear Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission of India,
INDIA: Police inaction in alleged assault and death threat against a human rights activist
Name of victim: Mr. Santhosh Kumar Patel, son of Mr Raghubar Patel, resident of Manapur village under Phulpur police station in Varanasi district, Uttar Pradesh state, India
1. Mr Sijjan Yadav, resident of Pindra village under Phulpur police station in Varanasi district, Uttar Pradesh state, India
2. Mr Raju Yadav, resident of Asila, Pindra village
3. Mr Ajeet Patel, resident of Ramaipur, Pindra village
Place of incident: Near Surya Narayan Inter College in village Pindra under Phulpur police station in
I am writing to you to express my concern regarding the alleged attack and threat to life of a human rights activist in
Mr. Santhosh Kumar Patel, a human rights activist associated with PVCHR, a well known human rights organization in
I am informed that on
After the assault when Mr. Santhosh went to the Phulpur police station to lodge his complaint against the aforesaid perpetrators, the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Phulpur police station refused to register a case. Finally the case was registered by the police after Mr. Santhosh, who came back with the villagers to the police station, persuaded them for three hours. However, the perpetrators named in the complaint are yet to be arrested since the local police are refusing to investigate the case.
I therefore urge you to immediately intervene in this case and to ensure the safety of Mr. Santhosh so that he could continue working in the area. I also urge you to ensure that the local police will investigate the case and immediately arrest the alleged perpetrators. I am surprised to hear that even after daily newspaper reports in
I hope your proper action immediately.
NAGARAJ MYSORE RAGHUPATHI
Militarisation and impunity in Manipur
Manipur, which is situated on the border of
The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act declared Manipur a `disturbed' area and legitimized full-scale military operations, permitting even a non-commissioned officer to extinguish kill on mere suspicion with guaranteed immunity. The extent of military deployment is such that at the height of anti-insurgent operations in the 1990s there were at least four divisions and 270 paramilitary companies stationed in the small state. Today a military camp can be found nearby every inhabited area of the region. In some parts, the area of land occupied by state security units exceeds that of the villagers. For instance, from Sangakpham Bazaar to Koirengei Duck Farm in Heingang Constituency, a distance of some 5.5 kilometres, the security forces have occupied some 470 acres of land.
There has not ever been a systematic assessment of the effects of militarisation on the people of Manipur. However, it can be said that three decades of suffering and humiliation at the hands of the military has greatly undermined people's physical and spiritual integrity and threatened the survival of entire communities. The threats are variously direct--caused by extrajudicial executions, rape, torture, enforced disappearance and arbitrary detention--and indirect--caused by confiscation of arable agricultural land, sacred cultural sites and hillocks in residential areas, or restrictions on fishing, farming and other activities in forests and wetlands.
Confiscation of land for military deployment is a recurring cause for great hardship and dissatisfaction, as in the case of the occupation of over 200 acres of land at Mahakabui village in Senapati District, which is now a massive Assam Rifles camp. Land is occupied without regard to its value or importance to local inhabitants. The 8th Assam Rifles have taken over the Chinga Hills, considered a sacred site by the Meitei people. Likewise, they have occupied a prime location inside
Where army camps are set up, villagers lose not only their land but also suffer many other restrictions that affect their livelihoods. The 7th Assam Rifles deployed at Thanga Karang and Sendra has completely banned fishing in
The psychological effects of living within sight of an army camp or similar facility, common throughout Manipur and other northeastern states of
Increasingly the military is being deployed in Manipur to protect unsustainable and exploitative government projects. The Loktak Hydroelectric Power Project, which displaced thousands of people in Thoubal and Bishenpur Districts without compensation and caused massive destruction to the Loktak Wetlands, is being protected by the Central Reserve Police Force and the Border Security Forces. The Assam Rifles and Indian Reserve Battalion are guarding the Mapithel Dam of the Thoubal Multipurpose Project in Ukhrul District, the construction of which has been vehemently opposed by local people. Three people died in December 2005 when the Border Security Forces and Indian Reserve Battalion fired upon villagers demanding proper rehabilitation and resettlement after they were forced out of their houses by the Khuga Dam. And the Assam Rifles has publicly stated that they will protect the construction of Tipaimukh High Dam, which local people have opposed for over two decades.
The expansion of the military and related agencies in Manipur has created enormous problems for civil society. While the government complains that it has no money with which to support civilian institutions, it has blatantly pumped millions more rupees every year into the police and army forces stationed throughout the state. Meanwhile, the spaces for dissent have steadily shrunk.
Public resistance to the militarisation of Manipur began with the historic protests in the early 1980s against the killings and atrocities in Patsoi Langjing perpetrated by the Central Reserve Police Force, including the rape of a pregnant woman. As the legacy of atrocities has continued till today so also has the legacy of protest against injustice, which has been consistently met with violence.
The militarisation of Manipur must be taken seriously. The government of
As far back as 1997 the UN Human Rights Committee called upon the government of
Amnesty International is concerned at reports of shootings, allegedly carried out by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel, that resulted in the death of two local businessmen near Geleki town, Sivasagar district (a town outside CISF jurisdiction in Upper Assam) on 23 January 2007. A third businessman was seriously injured.
Amnesty International would like to remind the Indian authorities that they are obliged, under both international human rights law and the Indian Constitution, to ensure that no one is arbitrarily deprived of their right to life.
According to reports, Mr Nilikesh Gogoi, Mr Bholu and Mr Arun Saikia were returning from a coal depot in Anakbati when the shooting took place. According to Arun Saikia, who is currently undergoing treatment for bullet wounds to his stomach, CISF personnel overtook their vehicle when they were returning from Anakibati, a town bordering Nagaland, at approximately 23.30 and without warning immediately opened fire on the unarmed civilians.
Amnesty International understands that a judicial inquiry into the incident has been ordered by Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister of
Amnesty International would also like to remind the authorities conducting the probe to comply with the Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extralegal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions which spell out in detail the obligations of governments to conduct inquiries into unlawful killings. Such inquiries should seek to determine the cause, manner and time of death, the person(s) responsible, and any pattern or practice which may have brought about the deaths. They should include an adequate autopsy, collection and analysis of all physical and documentary evidence and statements from witnesses. Those who have ordered unlawful killings or are in any other way responsible should be held to account as well as those who have carried the killings out. In accordance with Principle 17, written reports must be made within a reasonable time on the methods and findings of the inquiry. These must be made public immediately and include the scope of the inquiry, procedures and methods used to evaluate the evidence as well as conclusions and recommendations based on findings of fact and on applicable law.
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