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14 November 2005

ACHR condemns “Quit Notices” to the Dimasas in Diphu

New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) today condemned “Quit Notices” issued by a new-armed group called, Solidarity Karbi Troops (SKT), to the Dimasas including the inmates living in Diphu Dimasa Club to leave Karbi Anglong immediately and urged the State government of Assam and the Central government of India to take effective measures to prevent further orgy of killings of innocent civilians. Many of the posters were pasted on the autorickshaws in Diphu, Headquarters of Karbi Anglong this morning.

“Such quit notices vitiate the peace processes for restoring communal harmony and have the potential to cleanse Diphu, headquarters of Karbi Anglong and Haflong, the headquarters of North Cachar Hills respectively of the Dimasas and Karbis with serious consequences for gross violations of the right to life of the innocent civilians.” – stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights.

The quit notices constitute an offence under Article 7 of the Rome Statute of International Criminal Court which defines “deportation or forcible transfer of population” committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population, with knowledge of the attack, as a crime against humanity.

The state government of Assam and the Central government of India must take immediate and adequate preventive measures by identifying those who have been issuing such notices, take stern action against them and increase security in and around the camps of the displaced persons.

Asian Centre for Human Rights also appealed to all the Dimasa and Karbi Civil Society organizations to exercise restraints, resolve all the differences through dialogue and take measures to restore communal harmony.


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