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Chakma body asks NHRC to move apex court against special census

Shillong, Mar 1: The Chakma Development Foundation of India has moved the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) as “racial profiling” of Chakmas and Hajongs continued in Arunachal Pradesh despite the latter’s order in January.

The Foundation on Tuesday urged NHRC to spproach the Supreme Court “to protect the lives and liberties of about 65,000 Chakmas and Hajongs” in the northeastern state.

Arunachal Pradesh is preparing for a special census of the two communities. On Monday, the additional deputy commissioner of Papumpare district convened a meeting in regard to the census, said a statement from the Chakma body.

Earlier too, a similar meeting was held in Namsai district.

“The NHRC in its order dated 24.01.2022 directed the Home Secretary, Government of India, and the Chief Secretary, Government of Arunachal Pradesh to ensure that human rights of the Chakmas and Hajongs are protected by all the ways.” The special census of only the Chakmas, 95% of whom are citizens by birth, constitutes an act of racial discrimination and gross violation of human rights,” said Suhas Chakma, Founder of the CDFI.

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