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[DNA] Iron Sharmila Quietly Celebrates Her Birthday Inside Hospital

Irom Sharmila, who has been on an indefinite fast for the past 11 years demanding withdrawal of the controversial AFSPA from Manipur, today spent her 40th birthday quietly inside the hospital where she is forced fed through the nose.

Sharmila’s elder brother Irom Singhajit said there were no celebrations nor any visitors inside the high-security ward of the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences, where the ‘Iron Lady’ is kept.

Read the full article here.

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Finally, here’s a video of Mumbaikars listening to some information on Iron Sharmila on her 40th Birthday:

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[Amnesty International] India: Security forces cannot claim immunity under AFSPA, must face trial for violations

Amnesty International puts out a statement supporting recent Supreme Court decision.

Members of the Indian army must stand trial when facing charges of serious violations of human rights, instead of hiding behind the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA), Amnesty International said today.

On 4 February, India’s Supreme Court stated that the Indian army could not invoke the AFSPA to avoid the prosecution of eight officers charged with the March 2000 killing of five Kashmiri villagers at Pathribal.

Read the full statement here.

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