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Revoke AFSPA

We believe in civil liberties. The State cannot suppress people’s right to justice and due legal process, by using emergency measures. Especially not when such emergency measures last for a long time.

We believe Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) should be repealed and no immunity need be given to Armed Forces personnel, via a Special Powers act.

However, as Liberals, we understand the issue is complex and do not want to be rigid in our stance. AFSPA is currently imposed in various parts of the Union, almost always unnecessarily. Revoking AFSPA, is a reasonable first step.

We urge fellow liberals to peruse the following reports and take a stand on their own.

1. Report of the Justice B P Jeevan Reddy committee appointed by the Supreme Court. It recommended repealing AFSPA and instead inserting appropriate provisions in the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The report was submitted in 2005.

http://www.hindu.com/nic/afa/afa-part-iv.pdf

2. A monograph on AFSPA published in 2012 by IDSA, with views from several defense experts.

http://www.idsa.in/system/files/Monograph7.pdf

3. A short news article on AFSPA.

http://www.firstpost.com/topics/afspa-105855.html

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Liberal Agenda:

We call for the immediate revocation and later repeal of AFSPA.

News relevant to this Campaign:

A Violation Of Every Commitment India Has Made To Protect Human Rights: AFSPA - Youth Ki Awaaz
Demand in Parliament for repeal of AFSPA in North East - E-Pao.net
SC Order on Manipur Fake Encounters is a Step Forward in Long Road to Justice - The Wire
Will Supreme Court’s verdict on Manipur fake encounter killings force the Centre to rethink AFSPA?
Repeal repressive, mismanaged AFSPA - Deccan Herald
186 cases of abuse in AFSPA enforced states in 4 yrs | India News ... - Times of India
AFSPA and 1528 dead in Manipur encounters: Time to revoke 'license to kill'? - India Today
It's time to review AFSPA: Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh
Manorama recalled with renewed call to repeal AFSPA - E-Pao.net

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