BRAVE: Support Salima Memcha and EEVFAM
Salima Memcha and hundreds of others have lost loved ones in alleged extrajudicial executions. Now, they are being intimidated, harassed, or attacked for seeking justice.
Salima Memcha, 38, lives in Thoubal, Manipur. Her husband was killed in an alleged extrajudicial execution in 2010. For years, Salima has been supporting her family whilst seeking justice for her husband.
Salima is just one of hundreds of people in Manipur who have lost family members in extrajudicial executions. Together, these families have formed a collective – the Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families Association Manipur (EEVFAM).
In an attempt to achieve justice, EEVFAM members and activists associated with EEVFAM have documented many instances of extrajudicial executions. Along with Human Rights Alert, an NGO, they approached the Supreme Court, and filed a writ petition.
In July 2017, the Supreme Court ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate over 90 alleged extrajudicial executions in Manipur. This investigation is ongoing.
However, these brave human rights defenders are now increasingly under attack. At 5:30 am on 7 April 2018, paramilitary and state police personnel vandalised Salima’s house. They also threatened her and warned her that they were keeping a close eye on her. This was the same day that Salima was due to give a statement to the Criminal Investigation Department, on her husband’s case.
Salima is not the only member of EEVFAM who has been threatened. On 8 January 2018, police personnel visited Sagolsem Menjor Singh’s house, when he was not home. They claimed they were going to arrest him, but refused to provide a copy of the arrest warrant. Later, a public official confirmed that there was, in fact, no arrest warrant against him. Sagolsem, who has spent years seeking justice for the loss of his son in an alleged extrajudicial execution in 2009, says this is not the first time that security personnel had come to intimidate him.
Two other activists Ranjeeta Sadockpam and Okram Nutankumar, who are closely associated with EEVFAM say they have also been intimidated, harassed or attacked by security force personnel in the past year. EEVFAM members strongly believe that they are being targeted in an effort to silence them while the CBI investigation is currently underway.
Some of these human rights defenders have suffered deep personal tragedies, and now they face intimidation and harassment, simply for seeking justice. Yet, they refuse to give up. They have shown bravery in the face of adversity.
Sign the petition to tell the Chief Minister of Manipur, N. Biren Singh and the Home Minister of India, Rajnath Singh to:
- Publically declare that intimidation, harassment and attacks against human rights defenders from EEVFAM will be unconditionally and immediately stopped.
- Ensure all complaints of intimidation, harassment and attacks against human rights defenders are investigated in a timely and impartial manner.