PUCL Bulletin, Oct. 2000

Press Statement

PUCL demands Th Muiva be treated with dignity

Recently different TV channels showed clips of Th Muiva, General Secretary of NSCN (I-M), an organisation of the Naga people in India, who is a prisoner in Thailand, getting down from a police van in Bangkok and walking to the Court. He was barefoot and in chains. It may be noted here that if he is convicted the maximum sentence can be a fine of 5000/- in the local currency.

To put a person in chains and to walk him bare foot is against human dignity. Two senior members of the PUCL, who had gone to Bangkok in connection with the efforts of the PUCL to get the ceasefire agreement between the NSCN (I-M) with the government of India extended, urgesalso saw him in chains.

The PUCL the government of Thailand to amend its concerned law and to bring it in conformity with the modern concepts of Human rights concerning the right of a person to life with dignity.

Sd. Y.P. Chhibbar
Sept. 16, 2000 General Secretary.

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