Angami Students Union stands firm against AFSPA and Indian Army aid

Angami Students' Union

The Angami Students’ Union (ASU) has once again strongly emphasised its position against receiving any assistance from the Indian armed or paramilitary forces. This stance is in line with the broader directive issued by the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) and highlights the ASU’s denunciation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) of 1958.

ASU Condemns AFSPA as Draconian Measure

In a press release, ASU President Khriesamhalie David Mere and Vice President Thejalhoukho Thomas Khawakhrie described AFSPA as a draconian law that has caused immense suffering to the peace-loving Naga community for decades.

The Union stressed that despite the prevailing peace in the Naga homeland, innocent Nagas have been subjected to torment by the Indian armed forces under the pretext of this Act. The ASU labelled these actions as cowardly and demanded the immediate repeal of AFSPA.

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Union Demands Repeal of AFSPA and Restoration of Human Rights

The Angami Students’ Union has issued a forceful appeal to the Government of India to abolish AFSPA. They have also called upon the Supreme Court of India to restore the human rights of the Nagas by striking down this inhumane Act. The Union’s demands echo a wider call for justice and the safeguarding of civil liberties in the region.

ASU Issues Clear Directives to Members and Units

To ensure adherence to their stance, the ASU has provided unambiguous instructions to its members and units:

  1. Rejection of Aid: No individual or union under Angami jurisdiction should accept any form of assistance from the Indian armed forces.
  2. No Invitations or Participation: No individual or union is permitted to invite the Indian armed forces to any event organised within its jurisdiction or participate in any official events of the armed forces.

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Caution Issued to Indian Armed Forces

The ASU has also warned all Indian armed forces stationed in Angami-inhabited areas to refrain from actions that could provoke situations contrary to the issued directive. The Union cautioned that it would mobilise all its networks to ensure strict compliance with the resolutions set forth by both the NSF and the ASU, preventing any violations by individuals, groups, or armed forces.

ASU’s Firm Stance Highlights Ongoing Tension and Demand for Justice

The Angami Students’ Union’s resolute position and unambiguous directives underscore the persistent tension and call for justice in the Naga homeland. By reaffirming their stance and demanding the repeal of AFSPA, the ASU continues to champion the rights and dignity of the Naga people. The Union’s unwavering commitment to this cause serves as a powerful reminder of the ongoing struggle for peace, justice, and the protection of human rights in the region.

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As the ASU continues to stand firm in its opposition to accepting aid from the Indian armed forces and its condemnation of AFSPA, it is clear that the fight for justice and the restoration of human rights in the Naga homeland is far from over.

The Union’s resolute stance serves as a clarion call for the Government of India and the international community to address the long-standing grievances of the Naga people and work towards a lasting solution that upholds their dignity and rights.

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