Arbitrary Detention of Human Rights Defender in Manipur

Name: Sapamcha Kangleipal Meitei (27 years)
Father’s Name: Sapam Shyamsunder Meetei
Address: Nongada Thongkhong, Imphal East, under the Lamlai Police Station, Manipur
Occupation: Social Activist, President of Manipur Forward Youth Front (MAFYF)
Date of incident: 7th May 2008
Place of incident: Manipur Press Club, Imphal
Perpetrators: Manipur police of Imphal police station and Manipur police of City police, Imphal along with Manipur police commandos


Facts of the case:


A team of Manipur Police had arrested Mr, Sapamcha Kangleipal Meitei, a key human rights defender and prominent youth leader of Manipur for organising a public discussion on the Arming of Civilians (Editors Note: similar to Salwa Judum in Chattisgarh) and Its Possible Consequences (in Manipur) and making statements regarding the above issue reportedly demanding the resignation of the Chief Minister of Manipur in response to the failure of governance.


The youth leader was picked up from the Manipur Press Club on 7 May 2008 on charge of sedition against Government shortly after the public discussion. The police team reportedly forcibly switched off the live telecast of the public discussion through a local cable TV network (ISTV). Mr. Sapamcha has been working at the local grassroots level as President of the Manipur Forward Youth Front (MAFYF) over the last seven years.


Action requested


Please write to the Indian authorities and ask them to:

  • Take all necessary measures to guarantee, in all circumstances, the physical and psychological integrity of Mr. Sapamcha Kangleipal

  • Release Mr. Sapamcha Kangleipal immediately and unconditionally, as his detention is arbitrary since it only aims at sanctioning his human rights activities;

  • Put an end to any act of harassment, including at the judicial level, against Mr. Sapamcha Kangleipal as well as against all human rights defenders in India;

  • Guarantee the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and other international human rights instruments ratified by India.

For More News on Kangleipal’s arrest and Peoples Protests against arming civilians see http://manipurfreedom.org

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