CLUSTER MUNITIONS COALITION
WEEK OF ACTION
Omprkash Bhadrecha, Member of Indian CBL and President,
Landmines Victims Association of India arranged arranged
Cluster Munitions Coalition (CMC) Week of Action Public
Rally and workshop in Sri Gaganagar,
Rajasthan on 4th June 2009.
Ompraksh addressed the rally and media, and informed
is a bordering with Pakistan and in every wars we have
to face untold difficulties. Landmines were planted
which gives us only sorrow and agony. I myself lost one
ledge and know the suffering of the victims. Farmers
lost their 3 crops which started the bad economical
circle. The poor daily wagers who were working as farm
laborers were out of job and some have taken the extreme
steps and end their lives consuming poison.
situated on border and afraid that in future wars, if
India and Pakistan use cluster munitions, we have to
suffer again. It is only sensible to stop using this
weapons and Government of India must ban cluster
munitions and nip in bud this inhuman weapons. He also
urged India to sign the Ban Landmines Treaty.
arrived from border villages and towns. They narrated
and urged their Member of Parliament and state Assembly
to take this matter urgently. They took the rally in
city and handed over the petition to Member of
addressing the participants.
in the Rally
I. Longri, Chairperson of NGO Rural People's Welfare
Society, Kohima, Nagaland, member of Indian CBL as a
part of CMC WoA arranged a meeting on 3rd June 2009 at
Kohima, Nagaland, and North East India.
is one of the most volatile states in North East India. 2
most powerful groups National Socialist Council of
Nagaland (I-M) and National Socialist Council of
Nagaland (K) is in cease-fire with Government of India
and discussing peace, but still infighting between these
two groups are going on. These two most powerful NSAs are
operating in Nagaland and other states in North
East India. They are fighting with Government of
India since last 50 years for independence. They have
large armed cadre and plenty of arms including
landmines. Many time innocent civilians are killed
or maimed in cross fire between government forces and
Militants. Both groups is in cease-fire with
Government of India and discussing peace, but still
infighting between these two groups are going on.
last 8 years Indian CBL with kind support and guidance
from Canadian High Commission, New Delhi and ICRC, South
Asia arranged many advocacy events in North East India
including Nagaland and urge the NSA to ban the
landmines. Due to our persistent work NSCN (I-M)
signed the deed of Commitment and banned Anti personnel
is bordering with Myanmar and China and due to strategic
situation mines and cluster munitions may be used.
public education and awareness Rural People's Welfare
Society, Kohima, Nagaland arranged the meeting. Many
government officials, police, military, intellectual,
youth, women and NGO participated in the meeting. Media
also took active note of the meeting. The strong
public voice/demand immerged in the meeting which was
conveyed to Government of India regarding inhuman nature
of the Cluster munitions and need to ban it immediately.
Nav Bharat Nirman Sangh (Association for Empowerment of
India) member of Indian CBL and CMC, WoA arranged
Seminar on 6th June in capital of Andhra Pradesh state,
Hyderabad, South India on 6th June 2009.
Ravi Kumar, Chairperson of the Association addressed the
delegates and informed that Andhra Pradesh is a state
where Naxalite (Maoists) movement is going on where
various types of small arms and some time landmines are
used by the militant groups of naxals.
urged the Government of India through the public
platform to ban the Cluster Munitions and also requested
the media to give wide publicity for the
humanitarian cause of CMC.
the inauguration session, delegates were divided in
groups and asked to suggest the ways and means for the
spreading of CMC movement in India as well as ways and
means to build the public pressure on Indian Government
to sign the Ban Treaty.
Ravi Kumar, Chairman, Bharat Nirman Sangh
addressing the delegates
in groups discussing
in groups discussing.
a [art of eek of action of CMC Indian Institute for
Peace, Disarmament & Environmental Protection
seminar "Effects of Cluster Munitions (bombs) on
Society and Indian Position" on 31st May 2009.
Delegates from civil society, military, police attended
the Regional Seminar.
Leader Mr. Pradip Lande, Chief Guest of the Seminar agreed
that Cluster munitions is inhuman weapons and urge
our government to sign Ban Cluster Munitions Treaty. He
also informed that, he has visited India Pakistan border
and seen the hardship and plight of landmines victims
and survivors. He has personally took this matter with
higher ups and ministers and urge them to sign the Ban
Landmines Treaty as some NSAs of India already sign
the Commitment of Banning anti-personnel landmines and
now India must follow the suit and sign the
Ban treaty. He has congratulated Indian CBL for the
wider publicity of the landmines victims in India and
abroad. Due to advocacy work of Indian CBL and peaceful
agitation. Landmines victims and sufferers received the
monetary compensation. He urged Indian CBL to work for
the Socio-economic Reintegration. He advice Indian CBL
that they should used National network of Indian CBL to
spread the message of CMC to one and all. He will always be
ready to help and contact and pressure political leaders
at higher ups and policy makers as well as bureaucrats.
Kiran deshkar, President of Association of Indian
Women Against Armed Violence, guest of the Seminar
informed the delegates that a women and children are
always suffered due to weapons, be landmines, cluster
munitions and small arms. They are at the receiving end.
When women are victimized, society has to suffer; women
are the backbone of Indian society. She urged various
women organizations to make an agenda of spreading banning
Cluster munitions as well as landmines.
Rama Patne, Secretary, Women's Against Violence .urged
the military and police as well as Militants groups not
to use inhuman weapons which is shattering the fabric of
society. India is marching towards development but such
inhuman weapons will take us backwards. Every problem
could not be solved by violence using weapons but by
dialogue and teaching of Lord Buddha, Jesus Christ and
Mahatma Gandhi, problems could be solved. She narrated
the recent violence of Sri Lanka and hardship physical
and mental by women and children. She urged Government
of India sign the Ban Treaty of Landmines as well as
spokes person agreed that India possess the Cluster
Munitions but never used in our 3 wars with Pakistan, 1
with China. India is a responsible country and aware of
the inhuman impact of cluster munitions. India is agreed
with the humanitarian aspects of Cluster Munitions and
when the situation in south Asia will be normalize
certainly ban this weapons
from various states especially violence prone e.g.
Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Zarkhand, Nagaland, Manipur,
Punjab. Rajasthan etc. narrated the violence due to arms
in their states and urged the Government to Ban this
inhuman weapons. They also urged media to publish
the effects of these weapons.
seminar ended with note that all the delegates promise
to work in their respective states.
guests on Dais
LANDMINES-CLUSTER MUNITIONS- ADVOCACY EVENT,
TRIPURA, NORTH EAST INDIA at
AGARTALA BISHRAMGANJ 20-22 DECEMBER 2008
state in North East India having
border with Bangladesh. Due to demographic other reasons
militancy is rampant in this region. Militants (NSAs)
are active and using landmines.
Balkrishna Kurvey, Coordinator
Indian Campaign to Ban Landmines I
was invited by Mr. Nanda Kumar Debbarma, President of
Kok Borok Sahitya (literary) Society, Tripura to
participate and address the Borok people attending the
state level Kamiphang Conference and celebration of
Twipura Bisi (Tripura Era) in Tripura.
Borok speaking people are based in Tripura, Assam,
Manipur in North East India and in some
part of Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal and some pockets of
north east India.
Borok people have a distinguished lineage of Kings (184
in succession 2nd oldest in world, 1st being Japanese)
Maharaja of Tripura ruled
the vast tract of region comprising present, Assam,
Bangladesh, Myanmar and some other parts of India. Borok
speaking people are scattered around this region.
independence, Maharaja of Tripura annexed his kingdom
into Indian democracy. Due to immigration of Bengalese
Hindus and Muslin from Bangladesh the original Tripura
Borok people became minority. For their cause they took
the arms and militancy starts in Tripura.
Assam Borok speaking people are demanding separate
Bodoland state under Indian constitution.
people from Assam, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and
majority from Tripura attended the conference. Many
members of NSAs also participated. On the midnight of
22nd Tripura era was celebrated.
Dr. Kurvey was
awarded the topic “Identity
of Borok People Kook Borok Language”.
In the inaugural Session on 20th December while
delivering his speech,
inform the mammoth gathering including various
NSAs in north East India especially in Tripura
landmines campaign in worldwide and in India and appeal
to various NSAs to sign the Ban Landmines on
humanitarian ground .
Highness Maharaja Pradyut Kishore Debbarma of Tripura in
his address urge various NSAs to come into mainstream of
society and Ban landmines and urge Government of
India to sign the Mine Ban Treaty..
Dimasa ruler Shri Konwar Dhameswar Hansu, Dimasa, Assam
also addressed the delegates.
Parliament Mr. Biswaji Daimory from Bodoland, Assam
addresses the delegates and urge them to come forward
and sign the Ban landmines treaty on humanitarian
Rajendrajit Debbama, Retd. IPS, Chairman, Borok Dohpa
(Nation) Mr. Naphurai Jamati, Secretary General, Borok
Dopha, Mr. Data Mohan Jamatia, Hon'ble Judge, Family
Court, Udaipur, Tripura, Dr. Bijay Daimory, Reader,UCC,
Shillong, Meghalaya, Mr. Bikram Debbarma, Additional
Secretary General, Borok Dopha,Dr. Kalyan Bijay Jamatia,
Registrar, Tripura, University, Dr. Sukhendu Debbarma,
Reader, Tripura University, Mr. Khanjanpada Jamatia Mr.
Naba Kishore Jamatia, Jamatia Hoda Okara, Mrs. Ajita
Tripura, Customary Lawas of Tripura, Mr. Mangal Debbarma,
Adovocate, High Court Bar, Agartala, Mr. Chandra Kanta
Murasing,Adviser, Borok Dopha Executive Council,Mr.
Rampada Jamatia, Vice-Chariman, Borok Dopha, Mr. Amulya
Kr. Reanag, Vice-Chairman, Borok Dopha ,Mr. Jyotilal
Debbarma, Convener of Twipra Bisi kwtal Celebrations,
Dr. Matilal Nanisa, President, DimsaSahitya (literacy)
Socirty, Assam, Mr. Rajen Basumatary, Editor, Engkheng,
A Bodo Daily, Assam,
from various states of North East India have also taken
the message to their respective organizations.
December, Dr. Kurvey had
a detailed discussion with the above mentioned people-
and hand over them the materials of ICBL.
They have promised that they will convey this message to
NSA groups and ask them to contact Dr. Nanada Kumar
Debbarma and Dr. Sukhendu Debbarma for further
opportunity for Indian Campaign to Ban Landmines to
convey the message through mammoth gathering of Borok
people of Tripura, Assam, and other North Eastern Indian
of Tripura Era at midnight of 22nd December 2008
Highness Maharaja Pradyut Kishore Debbarma of
Tripura addressing the delegates
Daimory, Member of Parliament, Maharaja dyut
Debbrma; Balkrishna Kurvey, Coordinator,