On 5th November 2010 it will be 10 years since Irom Sharmila Chanu is peacefully fighting for the democratic rights of millions in India. She is the epitome of non-violent movement in the 21st century. Her’s is the longest recorded hunger strike in the world. Her only demand is to repeal Armed forces Special Powers Act.

Irom Sharmila Chanu is India’s hidden dark secret. The state and the central government disregard her silent plea, when she visited Delhi in 2006 and tried to meet the President and the Prime Minister, they refused to acknowledge her, even her letters went unanswered.When Gandhiji used to go on hunger strikes the ruling Britishers would hold discussions with him, Sharmila was treated worse than our oppressors treated our leaders.

Back home in Manipur, the government treats her like a criminal. They force feed her through a nasal tube, keep her in solitary confinement, her visitors are monitored, even her own family has to take permission to meet her.

Sharmila fights to “protect life and personal liberty” without which, people like you and I, would have no democratic rights. We could be shot dead simply because we look “suspicious”. Today AFSPA is in Manipur tomorrow it could be in your city and under the name of law your women could be raped, your family could be killed. Sharmila fights not just for the people of Manipur but for all of us. She fights for our right to live.

Sharmila has given the prime of her youth fighting for her people’s rights, our rights. What can you do for her?

Support Irom Sharmila Chanu, sign the online petition to repeal AFSPA: http://www.petitiononline.com/AHRCMP2/petition.html


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