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Cases examined by the Special Rapporteur (June 2009 – July 2010)

A/HRC/15/37/Add.1, 15 September 2010



XVII. India: Alleged arrests of human rights defenders

198. In a letter dated 24 September 2009, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, James Anaya, together with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, and the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Manfred Nowak, called the attention of the Government of India to information received in relation to the arrests of human rights defenders.

199. According to the information received, the victims included: Mr. Jiten Yumnam, a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network (APIYN) and Joint-Secretary of Citizens Concerns on Dam and Development (CCDD); Ms. Longjam Memchoubi, a member of Apunba Lup and president of the Poirei Leimarol Meira Paibi Apunba Lup; Mr. Likmabam Tompok, Mr. Amom Soken, Mr. Irom Brojen, Mr. Thiyam Dinesh, Mr. Chung-shel Koireng, and Mr. Taorem Ramananda, who are members of the All Manipur United Clubs’ Organization (AMUCO); and Mr. Samjetshabam Nando, a member of the All Manipur Ethnical Socio-Cultural Organisation (AMESCO).

200. A summary of this communication can be found in the reports of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression (A/HRC/14/23/Add.1, para. 1058) and the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (A/HRC/13/39.Add.1, at 130, para. 94).

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