Mokokchung, 04 April (MTNews): The Naga Hoho, Naga Mothers’ Association, Naga Students’ Federation, and Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights have jointly sought international intervention on the long pending Naga political issue.
In a joint political statement issued on Tuesday, the NH, NMA, NSF, and NPMHR implored upon the International Community “to humanely intervene in the violations of human rights in our Naga country, recognize our legitimate political, social, economic and religious rights as enshrined in the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.”
The organizations stated that the “Naga People are an independent indigenous Nation in assertion to which a peaceful and prior informed Plebiscite was conducted in 1951 that resulted in 99.9% in support of our independent status as declared on the 14th of August 1947.”
“The Indian armed forces have been occupying our land ever since its military aggression in 1954. Our Nation is militarized and subjected to political and social suppression and most dehumanizing oppression. Left with no option but to defend our political, social, religious and economic rights, we have resorted to confront and resist the occupational military forces of India and Burma. This war has ever since continued in the midst of two ceasefires,” the statement said.
“We are subjected to live in constant fear and trauma, which is a never-ending nightmare,” they said. “Our homes and granaries are vandalized and burned. The armed forces occupy our crop fields, schools, hospitals and make them their camps. Our Churches are desecrated and have been made concentration camps. Our women and daughters are molested and raped. Our wives and daughters are subjected to give birth in public,” they narrated.
The organizations cited Boutros Boutros Ghali, the former Secretary General, United Nations, while still holding the Office, had “officially acknowledged these violence, destruction, pain and untold sufferings of the Nagas by observing that there is human rights situation in Nagaland.”
“Nagas are peace-loving and most humane people with great respect for peaceful co-existence and we courageously defend our dignity as we respect and uphold the dignity of all people exhibited by our great hospitality,” they asserted.
“A political dialogue following the Cease Fire Agreement, 1997, is in place and a Framework Agreement, 2015, has been signed by the representatives of the Government of India and the Naga People as the basis to work out the political agreement to resolve the armed confrontation. Although a decade shy of two years is nearly passed, yet the political resoluteness and honourable approach and guarantee on the part of the Government of India remains a dangerous doubt,” they said.
They further said that the Government of India must stop its militarization and military operations adding that “the Indo-Naga political conflict cannot be solved militarily and must be solved politically, as admitted by no less than three Indian Army Generals and others.”
“The Government of India must honor its word in the Agreement and the Indo-Naga political impasse must be resolved accordingly,” the organizations said.
“On our part, Nagas have agreed and committed to an enduring inclusive new relationship of peaceful co-existence of the two entities – between Nagas and Indians,” the four Naga organizations concluded.