Palace Compound,Post Box.80
11 September, 2014.
The Honourable Prime Minister of India,
Subject: Requesting to kindly repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958:
Ever since the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 (AFSPA) was passed by Parliament on 18 August, 1958 and signed by then President of India on 11 September, 1958 and then, invoked by various State Governments, viz. Nagaland, Tripura, Manipur and Jammu & Kashmir to counter the rise, growth and spread of insurgency movements, it has given legality to human rights violation, rape of women, loss of precious and innocent human lives and the common citizen has been bearing the brunt both from the security forces and the armed groups.
Representations, memoranda for more than two decades have been made to the Union Government and respective State Governments by Humand Rights Organisantion, Indigenous peoples organisation,Citizens’ Forums (CFs), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) , including Faith based Organisations (FBOs), in particular, the National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) and all other denomination Churches for repealing of AFSPA as per reasons stated above.
Also, the Justice Jeevan Reddy Commission Report had recommended that AFSPA be repealed since there are relevant provisions in existing Indian laws to deal with the vexed matter of armed groups, etc. Further, twice, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights had strongly recommended for its repeal.
You would agree Sir that such a law actually makes a laughing stock of democracy and India is the largest democracy in the world and limits the power and authority of nation’s judicial system as any action of false arrest, fake encounters, rapes, etc. by State Police, para-military and armed forces in AFSPA invoked areas/ Districts/ States, cannot be decided by any civil court for dispensing justice. 2
In the light of the aforementioned, a sit agitation was organised in Agartala, Tripura on Thursday, 11 September, 2014 to request and urge upon you and your Government not to have the Act’s operation be extended as it is due so on 30 November, 2014 but instead, to have the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 repealed by Union Government and Parliament so that the common and ordinary citizens of the country will not have their rights to free movement curtailed and cut short and instead shall be done so, including livelihood, as per existing laws which should be applicable to one and all, irrespective of occupation, duty, colour, culture, language and ethnicity.
Thanking you in anticipation.
Yours sincerely, Anthony Debbarma
For information and necessary action:
1. Hon’ble Union Home/Law/DONER Minister, New Delhi.
2. Hon’ble Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh/Assam/Manipur/Mizoram/Meghalaya/Nagaland/Tripura