Newsletter for the month of March & April 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Dear Friends

Warm greetings from Control Arms Foundation of India.

Northeast India comprises the Eight States—Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim. North East India deals with complex social political issues such as struggle over natural resources, ethnic tensions, illegal migration, displacement and social exclusion. The conflict in Manipur turns 300 women into widows annually.
The project “Empowering Women for Peace and Development in South Asia: Focus on Northeast India” is spearheaded Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI) with support from European Union (EU) and Welthungerhilfe (WHH). The programme aims to prevent and respond to crises in fragile and conflict-affected situations in North East India and South Asia.  The overall project in South Asia will contribute towards promoting civil society and strengthening women-led peace building initiatives for sustainable peace in India, Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Please find here March-April 2014 issue newsletter, providing news related to Northeast India on different spheres, keeping women issues as the main motivation and the related issues at the centre. 

Fear of Consequences” needed to stop AFSPA misuse: Omar
Source: The Hindu, 8 March 2014

There is a need to build a “fear of consequences” within laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) so that they are not misused by the Army, feels Jammu and Kashmir Chief Omar Abdullah. The Chief Minister, who has been advocating partial withdrawal of AFSPA Read more:

Call upon to Engage Women of South Asia in resolving Conflicts, Usher in Peace, Disarmament & Development
Source: E-pao, 13 March 2014

The South Asian region has poor human security indicators, such as female illiteracy, maternal mortality and violence against women. In South Asia, women have low life expectancy owing to high maternal mortality rate - around 217 mothers die for every 100,000 live births. Read more:

BJP promises to repeal AFSPA
Source: The Hindu, 18 March 2014

The Manipur unit of the BJP has been trying to win the hearts of the people of the State by pledging to repeal the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 if it comes to power. The State unit president Chaoba Thounaojam has been making the announcement. Read more:

Manipur police arrest 3 for rape in Senapati
Source: The Hindu, 26 March 2014

Police have arrested three persons in connection with two separate rapes in Manipur. Two tribals, Veishini and John of Karong in Senapati district were arrested in connection with the gangrape of a 35-year-old housewife. One accused person is absconding. Read more:

Only 2 women candidates for Manipur LS Seats
Source: The Hindu, 28 March 2014

There are just two women candidates for the two Lok Sabha seats in Manipur. Kim Gangte, the State unit president of the Trinamool Congress is contesting in the reserved Outer Manipur seat. Indira Oinam is the lone woman candidate in the general Inner Manipur seat. There are 10 candidates for the reserved seat and 8 for the general seat. Read more:

Women in South Asia to Strengthen Efforts for Peace, Security and Disarmament
Source: kangla online, 3 April 2014

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York Read more:

Repeal of AFSPA a Common Promise
Source: The Hindu, 5 April 2014

From a slew of pre-election promises made by five candidates for the reserved Manipur Outer Parliamentary seat, the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 from Manipur emerged as the common denominator during the “Meet the Candidates” programme, organised by the Editors’ Guild Manipur in Imphal on Friday. Read more:

Peace Volunteers trained to mitigate conflict in India's North East
Source: E-pao, 5 April 2014

Northeast India comprises the contiguous Seven Sister States—Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and a brother Sikkim. The region has been facing the onslaught of multiple armed conflicts for many decades. The issues aggravated after the introduction of the Armed Forces Special Power Act. Read more:

North-east “peace tour on bike” begins from Jorhat
Source: Nagaland Post, 14 April 2014

“Peace Tour on Bikes” was officially flag-off at Boruah Char Ali, Jorhat Monday by Dr. Rohini as the chief guest and Jorhat ward commissioner as the guest of honour along with the vice principal of ETC, Rev. Dr. Shimreingam Shimray.  Read more:

Former Manipur rebels threaten to take up arms
Source: The Hindu, 18 April 2014

The former rebels belonging to seven outlawed underground organisations have once again threatened to take up arms if the government fails to fulfil the commitments made while signing the Memorandum of Understanding. Ruhini Puyam, Home Secretary of the United Revolutionary Front, the pro-talk group, Read more:

Tension in Manipur Highway over Rape of a Girl
Source: The Hindu, 19 April 2014

Tension is running high following the death of a protestor in police firing late Friday. The police were trying to control a mob during a highway blockade demanding arrest of the 65-year-old man who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl student on Thursday. Read more:    

Underground Organisations Boycott Pranab’s Manipur Visit
Source: The Hindu, 27 April 2014

At least seven major underground organisations have boycotted the President’s brief visit, during which he will attend the convocation programme at Manipur University. The Corcom, the apex organization of the other six, declared a strike in the entire state from 6 am to 6 pm. Read more:


1.    Women representative participate UN Commission on Status of Women :

Representation at UN 58th session of Commission on Status of Women at UN headquarter on 13th March 2014.  Discussed among the panellists across India, USA, Australia, Pakistan, Bangladesh on Women, Peace and Security, types of violence and discrimination they are facing across the globe, possible steps that could be taken for the empowerment of women, their role in conflict transformation, disarmament, and decision-making processes.

2.    Educate and develop women, other peace volunteers and link them to larger networks for peace and development:

Peace volunteer training  on women, peace and security, human rights, conflict resolution and peace building on 25th -26th  March 2014 , Trained 35 peace volunteers. Trained and created awareness among Peace Volunteers-types of conflicts, role of leadership, how to create peace, role of women in conflict and post-conflict decision making processes. Motivated them to take initiative of the work as a peace volunteer and work for society from the grass root level

3.    Form and strengthen women’s group: Women’s network preparatory meeting cum field visit on 27th -28th March 2014 :Women’s network meeting cum field visit held on 26th April 2014

Conducted Women Network meeting facilitate Meetei Council Moreh (MCM), interact with 40 women survivors at Tamu , An interactive meeting with various women leaders base Guwahati as preparatory meeting for formation of network and to create roadmap for future project related activities.

4.    Planning meeting for South Asia Women's Charter: WHH, SWAN and CAFI team, held on 11 April 2014:   Discussion to make common charter for women of South Asia Women Peace Charter.  All SAARC countries will be involved in the charter including Myanmar. Focus of the charter will be to make National Action Plan on UNCSR 1325 possible and implemented by the government. Decided to organized South Asia Regional conference.

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