Bru repatriation to resume from tomorrow;
Mizoram asked to resettle the returnees in the villages

New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) in a press released today stated that a total of 142 Bru families consisting of 747 persons including 592 adults and 155 minors will be repatriated to Mizoram from Naisingpara relief camp in Kanchanpuri sub division of Tripura tomorrow i.e. 12 April 2011. These returnee families will be resettled in five villages in Mamit district of Mizoram, respectively 49 families at Damdial, 33 families at Khanthuam, 16 families at Bawngva, 22 families at Damparengpui and 22 families at Tuipuibari.

These returnee families were drawn from the families who were affected by recent fire at the Naisingpara camp on 19 March 2011. Over 17,000 Brus were displaced in the fire while 17 persons were charred to death.

The repatriation of Brus who sought shelter in Tripura in 1997 was suspended in November 2010 following protest by the Mizoram Bru Displaced Peoples Forum. On 29 December 2010, Director of ACHR, Mr Suhas Chakma facilitated a dialogue between the pro and anti-repatriation factions of the displaced Brus who signed the Kanchapur Agreement and the Ministry of Home Affairs in its communication dated 5 January 2011 further expanded the relief package based on the Kanchanpur Agreement. The repatriation is taking place based on the written guarantees provided by the Home Ministry on 5 January 2011.

There are about 30,000 remaining Bru IDPs in the camps.

“The resumption of repatriation of the Bru IDPs who have been living in miserable conditions in relief camps in Tripura for 13 years is welcome. However, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the government of Mizoram must ensure that these returnee Brus are immediately resettled at the villages identified. That a large number of previous returnees still living in makeshift camps in Mizoram following their return is not helping the repatriation process.” - stated Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR).

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