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ACHR Index: PR/IND/04/10/04
4 October 2004

Dimapur killings are Crimes Against Humanity

New Delhi: The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) today unreservedly condemned the killings of innocent civilians in a series of explosions caused by the armed opposition groups in Dimapur and other places across Assam and Nagaland. Over 50 innocent civilians have been killed and hundreds have been injured in these explosions since 2 October 2004.

"This abhorrent and calculated action to cause maximum damage on the innocent civilians exposes callous disregard for civilian life - the most fundamental right - the right to life by the armed opposition groups. These killings constitute crimes against humanity and no political or other cause can ever justify the killing of innocent civilians whether in Assam or Nagaland or elsewhere" - stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights.

International law, including Optional Protocol II to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 applicable to "organized armed groups", explicitly prohibits the "violence to the life, health and physical or mental well-being of persons, in particular murder as well as cruel treatment such as torture, mutilation or any form of corporal punishment; taking of hostages, a serious crime". No organised armed opposition group or individual has the impunity under international law including the Statue of the International Criminal Court for such blatant

crimes against humanity.

Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) called upon the State governments of Assam and Nagaland and Union Government of India to promptly investigate, identify and prosecute the culprits as per the law; to provide immediate medical assistance and financial assistance to all the victims, dead and injured, of these crimes against humanity and take effective measures in conformity with the rule of law and respect for human rights, to stop recurrence of such gross violations of International Humanitarian Laws.

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Suhas Chakma

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