Friday, March 19, 2010

Gandhi to Sharmila campaign concludes

“From Gandhi to Sharmila” campaign is a campaign initiated by Just Peace Foundation. It was launched on the 62nd death anniversary, 28th February 2010 of Mahatma Gandhi till the 38th birth centenary, 14th March 2010 of Irom Sharmila. The campaign aims to garner support for Irom Sharmila’s arduous struggle to foster peace in the conflict regions of India. This campaign has been across within and outside India drawing a support from civil societies, youth, women’s group and common citizens.

The campaign concluded with a formal meeting and a group discussion at the PRESS CLUB Imphal on 14th march 2010. RK Anand and O.Joy; members of Manipur legislative assembly, Yambem Laba former journalist and human rights activist, activist from northeast states, meira paibis, women members of various civil organisations and media people attended the function.

While the two members of Manipur legislative assembly asserted their stand against AFSPA and their support for Sharmila, Yambem Laba gave a brief history of human rights movement in Manipur. Babloo Loitongbam of Human Rights Alert and trustee member, Just Peace foundation enlightened the august gathering with the various subordinate campaigns that are being taken up in Kerala, Hong kong, New Delhi, Benares and Korea.

Just Peace foundation’s blog was also formally launched to the public by MLA O. Joy. Freelance writer and filmmaker Oinam Doren who had designed & edited the blog gave a pep talk on how the blog would further the cause of the campaign worldwide.
The meeting concluded with an informal discussion on the future course of action.

From Gandhi to Sharmila Campaign
Civic Meeting on Anti AFSPA movement
Sunday, 14th March 2010
Press club, Imphal

RK Anand
Member of Manipur Legislative assembly

O Joy
Member of Manipur Legislative assembly

Yambem Laba
Former journalist and human rights activist
are the panel members of the function.

Taring Mama, Mukul Phukon, Alexander Marak
activist from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya respectively are the special guest.

11:30 Folk Song on Irom Sharmila by Ganga Tombi
11:40 Welcome and Key note address by Irom Singhjit
11:55 launched of Just Peace Foundation blog by O. Joy to the public
12.00 Blog presentation by Oinam Doren
12:10 Speech by Babloo Loitongbam on International Mechanism including
UN on AFSPA and Arms Conflict situation
12:35 Speech by O.Joy
13:10 Speech by RK Anand
13:35 Speech by Yambem Laba on History of AFSPA Struggle
13:50 Speech by Taring Mama on behalf of the special guest
14:15 Vote of Thanks by Onil Khetrimayum
14:30 High Tea
15.00 informal discussions

Program conductor: Basantakumar Wareppa

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