Amnesty International appeals for repeal of AFSPA

As Irom Sharmila ended her 16-year fast to enter politics, Amnesty International today appealed to the government to drop all charges against her and take steps to repeal the AFSPA.

As Irom Sharmila ended her 16-year fast to enter politics, Amnesty International today appealed to the government to drop all charges against her and take steps to repeal the AFSPA.

"Irom Sharmila's decision to break her hunger strike gives India another chance to start a dialogue and recognise how the AFSPA has alienated Manipur for over 35 years," said Abhirr VP, senior campaigner with Amnesty International India.

He said Sharmila's hunger strike over the last 16 years had been a testament to her passion for human rights, and her belief that a "draconian" law like the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts had no place in any society.

"The government arrested her, confined her to a hospital room and force-fed her for 16 years, seemingly to break her will," he said.

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