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CIVIL SOCIETY DOCUMENTS UNCIVIL HISTORY OF AFSPA.

Nagaland File. Report of a Fact Finding Team

The historic report, Nagaland File (N. Haksar and M Luithui, 1984) argues that AFSPA is a martial law that complicates the application of civil law to all kinds of situations, prevents redressal for grievances, fails in securing Constitutional guarantees to life and liberty for citizens, especially women in militarised zones where AFSPA is in force. 

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Where ‘Peacekeepers’ have Declared War

Report on impact of militarisaton on ‘normal’ civilian life in all the seven states of the North East, this fact-finding report lays bare the gross and widespread violations of democratic rights by security forces in the name of peacekeeping and serving the nation. (April 1997)

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Shopian: Manufacturing a Suitable Story

A case watch by the Independent Women’s Initiative for Justice, comprising a medical doctor, a journalist and women’s rights activists into the double rape and murder of two young women in Shopian, Kashmir on the night of 29 May, 2009, allegedly by personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).  The report exposes the blatant way in which those responsible for unmasking the culprit/s, have systematically and deliberately destroyed, tampered, diluted, the evidence and thus misdirected and obfuscated the investigation. 

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End Army Rule: A Report on the Working of the AFSPA in the North East

The Committee for the Repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, Delhi consisting of many groups including PUDR argues that “The significance of the efforts being made for… strengthening and broadening democracy in the country can never be overstated. Yet it is time to attract the indulgence of these forces against similar draconian laws and acts that are in force in the relatively marginal regions of the country.” And challenges the apathy to the impact of legislations such as AFSPA with the bare question: “Can there be a draconian law with a human face?”

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An Illusion of Justice - Supreme Court Judgment on AFSPA, 1988

A powerful critique of the Supreme Court (SC) judgement in a petition filed by the Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights, (NPMHR), Peoples Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi (PUDR), Human Rights Forum and Othersagainst the de facto abrogation of fundamental rights including the all important right to life and the large scale encroachment by the army on the life and liberty of civilians. And an analysis of the changes and restrictions recommended by the SC.

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Feminist critique of specific sections of the AFSPA

Presenting a detailed critique of the AFSPA to the Justice Jeevan Reddy Committee in January 2005, feminist collective Saheli observed that as part of fact-finding teams in Nagaland, Manipur, Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura, “the heart rending stories of atrocities over more than four decades made it amply clear that the enforcement of the AFSPA has resulted in innumerable incidents of arbitrary detention, torture, rape, and looting by security personnel”.

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