DIMAPUR, Aug 3 � Notwithstanding the decades of alleged terror unleashed by the Draconian Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958, the current crop of Naga youths tend to see it �more as a ghost story�, a tale of horror but not experienced. This argument was put across during a deliberation on the �United Nations Recommendation on Human Rights � AFSPA� here today at the Centre for Community Transformation, Dimapur, organised by the North East Dialogue Forum (NEDF).
NEDF is a conglomeration of civil societies, religious bodies, intellectuals and academicians from the Northeast working on the issues of conflict transformation and peace building, environment, health, women and children.
During the deliberations on Thursday, convener of the NEDF Nagaland chapter, WC Humtsoe said like a ghost story that has been told down from one generation to another, the horrors of the AFSPA have also been inadvertently reduced to the same. �They have been told the story over and over again but they have never experienced it,� he said.
Humtsoe maintained that the Act was a �blanket violation of Human Rights�.
Convener of NEDF U Nobokishore said the AFSPA was initially enacted in the Parliament to suppress the activities of the insurgency groups operating in the Northeast but could only violate the fundamental rights of people, he said.