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Anti-AFSPA activists to stage protest rally on December 9

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Dec 4 (UNI) Disappointed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's announcement that the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act would be amended, anti-AFSPA activists will stage a protest rally here on Saturday.

Human Rights activist Irom Chanu Sharmila, who has been on a hunger strike for the last six years, and the anti-AFSPA activists have been demanding scrapping of the draconian law, enforced only in Manipur.

''We had lots of expectations from the Prime Minister... We have been demanding complete withdrawal of the Act,'' said Mr K Onil, a rally organiser.

He said the armed forces still had complete impunity and any amendment to the Act will affect that power, ''Human rights violations will not cease till the security forces have this power. This Act must be scrapped,'' he added.

Mr Onil said Ms Sharmila will continue her protest till the law is not repealed.

Meanwhile, Ms Sharmila, who is in AIIMS, has been refusing to take food through the nose and her condition is deteriorating.

The Human Rights activist is under detention in the hospital.

She has stopped meeting people, including her family.

On December 2 while addressing a function at the historic Kangla Fort in Imphal, Dr Singh announced that the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act would be amended soon as part of the steps to address the grievances of the people of Manipur.

''We need to consider some amendments to the Act by modifying existing provisions or inserting new provisions, whereby it could be made more humane giving due regard to the protection of basic human and civil rights,'' he said.

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