In support of Irom Sharmila Chanu
“The PUCL strongly supports the demand of Irom Sharmila Chanu of Imphal who has been on hunger strike since November 6, 2000 protesting against the imposition of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Manipur and who has now shifted to Jantar Mantar in Delhi. Her hunger strike was a condemnation of gunning down by Assam rifles of 10 persons at a bus stop in Malon on the outskirts of Imphal. Since she was first arrested she was first arrested she has been in and out of jail and judicial custody and has been force fed.
“She represents the pain the people of Manipur have suffered specially because of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. Though the Act has been withdrawn from the town of Imphal, it continues to operate in the rest of the State.
“The PUCL appeals to all defenders of Human Rights to rally round her to lend her support in this centenary year of Mahatma Gandhi’s satyaagrah.” – Y P Chhibbar, Ph D, General Secretary, October 5, 2006