Human rights Offc of UN urges Indian auth to find causes of clash

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Human rights Offc of UN urges Indian auth to find causes of clash

Imphal: The UN human rights commissioner has urged Indian authorities to ‘respond’ and “address the root causes of the violence” that recently wreaked havoc in Manipur.

“The recent violence in Manipur revealed underlying tensions between different ethnic and local groups,” said UN Human Rights Commissioner Volker Turk.
He said: “I urge the authorities to respond to the situation immediately, including by investigating and addressing the root causes of the violence in accordance with their international human rights obligations.”

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights made these remarks in a statement about Manipur that he issued on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
It may be noted that the northeastern state of Manipur has been on the boil since May 3, when clashes broke out between two communities in the state leading to widespread violence.
The violence and clashes claimed many lives, injured hundreds and affected more than 50,000 people in both the valley and hill districts of Manipur.

The widespread violence in Manipur resulted in widespread destruction of property including places of worship and other institutions.
Meanwhile, there is an uneasy calm across Manipur, with security forces including the Indian Army and the Assam Rifles handling the law and order situation in the state.

However, despite the curfew orders, sporadic incidents of violence continue to be reported from different parts of the state.

Apart from the curfew, internet and broadband services remain suspended across Manipur, as authorities fear the spread of hate speech and rumors through social media platforms.

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