A State Level Consultation on AFSPA, Extra Judicial Killings, displacement due to big dams, Struggle of tea garden workers and Kokrajhar Violence was held on 3rd March, 2013 in Guwahati.
The consultation brought to fore a diversity of issues and challenges underpinning the agitations of tea garden workers, protests against big dams and displacement, Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) induced human rights abuses, Kokrajhar ethnic violence and the several ongoing ethnic conflicts in the state of Assam.
The consultation saw a range of participants, speakers and audience around 75 in all, merging in from different backgrounds of law, journalism and grassroots activism. Civil society groups such as Action Aid, Childline, Sangrami Chah Samrik Sangha, Aman Biradri amongst others also participated in the deliberation. The meeting served as a platform for mutual interaction and interface between progressive social and political activists and lawyers active in Assam thus reinforcing the possibility of providing effective legal aid to movement going on people’s issues in the state.
During the deliberations the issue of police firing on Raba Community people in Goalpara came to light which was followed up through fact finding and PIL by HRLN Assam Unit. The decision was also taken for more effective intervention on the issue of tea garden workers and for the purpose Adv Asmitha Kalitha was recruited. She is working in Dirugarh and Tinsukia district of Assam on the issue of tea garden workers presently.
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