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Published on Mar 3, 2012
A panel discussion of the story of Irom Sharmila Chanu of Manipur and her 11-year hunger strike in judicial custody demanding the repeal of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (1958) in India.
The story of Irom Sharmila Chanu of Manipur, and her 11-year hunger strike in judicial custody, demanding the repeal of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (1958) in India, frames the first US symposium on the Act and its use in Jammu & Kashmir and in Manipur, Tripura, and other states in the country's remote North Eastern region. Aspects of the deployment of the Act, the special powers it gives to India's security forces in handling the country's border regions, and its impact on India's democratic, constitutional, and judicial practice, will be discussed by a panel moderated by Charlie Clements, Executive Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Film and media curator L. Somi Roy of New York, and Hun-tré! International Manipur Projects, New York/Imphal, will make an introductory cultural background presentation.