IMPHAL | Sep 27: The first central executive council meeting of North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP), held at Kohima on September 25 resolved to launch public protests against Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) on October 3 in the entire northeaster states.

Briefing the media at JCILPS office today, convener of Manipur Peoples Against Citizenship Amendment Bill (MANPAC), Yumnamcha Dilipkumar appealed to the public to extend support and take part in the public protest in a democratic manner.

Co-convener of MANPAC Ningthouja Lancha said, NEFIP will also seek the intervention of United Nations to stop the Centre’s continuous acts and practices that will be ‘genocidal’ for the indigenous peoples of the region.

Further a statement from the NEFIP added the central executive meeting also unanimously resolved to reiterate the resolution passed earlier against the CAB which was submitted to the Prime Minister on August 9.

It also demanded immediate withdrawal of the Bill and condemn the statement given by union home minister, Amit Shah and finance minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma claiming that the union government will reintroduce the contentious bill on upcoming parliamentary session in November.

The meeting resolved to sensitise the indigenous people of the northeast region on the ill effects of the Bill, especially in the context of the region. It also resolved that NEFIP will not accept any attempt made by the union or the state government to impose any languages to the indigenous people and oppose the recent appeal made by the home minister for using Hindi as national language for the country.

It also demanded all State legislative assembly of the north-eastern states to adopt a resolution in the house urging the union government to take necessary steps to implement United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People in letter and spirit in the northeast regions.



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