FindingTheVoices with Mr. Yambem Laba, sharing about the ground reality of Manipur. (Part 4)
Guest Speaker : Mr. Yambem Laba, senior journalist at The Statesman Pvt. Ltd.
Language: Interview in English
Language: Interview in English
Location: Imphal, Manipur, India
Catch up the 1st part of the interview at FindingTheVoices with Mr. Yambem Laba, the walking knowledge bank of Manipur. (Part 1)
Catch up the 2nd part of the interview at FindingTheVoices with Mr. Yambem Laba, Journalism and Manipur (Part 2).
Catch up the 3rd part of the interview at FindingTheVoices with Mr. Yambem Laba, writing against corruption, exposing high profile personalities of Manipur. (Part 3)
Senior journalist and social entrepreneur Mr. Yambem Laba shares his experience during his times as a member of the State Human Rights Commission in this episode. He recalls about the controversial incident where a man was shot dead by the 17th Assam Rifles division acting beyond jurisdiction where the information was kept hidden from the public and from the wife of the victim. It was only after the intervention of the Human Rights Commission that the authorities started investigation and the whereabouts of the victim. These kinds of cases had been happening in certain parts of India where AFSPA was imposed. Owing to the intervention of the Human Rights Commission, it was the last time a man arrested by the army disappeared in Manipur. During his tenure at the commission, Mr. Yambem Laba has helped solve a number of problems faced by the people and bring justice by using the power of the media as a force multiplier.
He says that although the Human Rights Commission might not have been able to send the perpetrators of the crime behind bars in every case, the issues of the victims was brought to notice to the public at large and the
perpetrators were identified as a human rights violator. By this account, he was able to turn the commission into a “Poor Man’s Court”. The senior journalist also says that he was the person who came up with the idea of nose-feeding Irom Sharmila after she took up her resolution to fast unto death “Sharmila, Don’t die for Manipur. Stay alive for Manipur”, were the words he said to the iron lady in order to persuade her to stay alive and keep fighting.
And the ground reality is Manipur doesn’t have a Human Rights commission.
Born and raised in the violence-torn landscape of Manipur, I have a vision to promote and spread inspiring, empowering, educative & entertaining stories. I believe that we can create contents bringing the positive side of Manipur. I believe we can do this together by finding the voices, voices which needs to be heard and shared, voices of our own people, people of Manipur and well-wishers of Manipur. I believe that these voices will bring a change and connect all of us.
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