SHILLONG, July 31: India is yet to submit its reply on the long pending boundary dispute to the UN Special Rapporter, says MPHRC secretary general Dino DG Dympep.
The issue was taken at the recent concluded general debate on the Human Rights Situation in India during the 20th Session of the UN Human Rights Council held in Geneva, Switzerland by the delegation of the Meghalaya Peopleâ€™s Human Rights Council (MPHRC).
Addressing a press conference, General Secretary of MPHRC, Dino DG Dympep said that the UN Special Rapporter on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya had sent his communication to the Government of India on the matter. However, the government till date is yet to submit its reply on the issue.
â€œMPHRC in the meet informed the UN Special Rapporter, James Anaya on the human rights situation arising from the Assam – Meghalaya Border conflicts, which led to the killing at Langpih village in May 31, 2010 and also the indefinite hunger strike launched by Pynskhemlang Nongshlong,â€ Dympep asserted.
He also added that the MPHRC will now call on the Central government to intervene into the boundary conflict between the two states.
â€œWe have also highlighted on the PIL initiated by the MPHRC at Guwahati High Court on the Langpih incident which is still pending till today besides the Justice Phukan Commission of Enquiry,â€ he added.
On the other hand, MPHRC also asked the UN Human Rights Council to request the Government of India on the need to recognize and include â€œKhasiâ€ language in the eight schedule of the Constitution.
According to him, as per the study conducted by the UNESCO, Khasi language is one of the endangered languages which on the verge of extinction.
â€œEven though, Khasi is being taken as a subject right from elementary to higher education in the state, however, the centre is yet to give its recognition,â€ the MPHRC secretary said.