Mizoram adopts UN declaration on tribal rights

Last Updated : 08 October 2015, 19:20 IST

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In an interesting development, the Mizoram Assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution supporting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The resolution comes on a day when a powerful students’ group urged the state government to declare the entire state as scheduled tribe (ST) area.

According to official sources, during the ongoing session of the Mizoram legislative Assembly in state capital Aizawl, a private member resolution on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was moved by the leader of Opposition Vanlalzawma of the Mizo National Front (MNF). The resolution was unopposed.

Sources added that cutting across party lines, legislators from both the ruling Congress and the Opposition parties expressed hope that all ethnic Mizos will again unite under a single administrative unit.

Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla also participated in the discussion over the resolution apart from 14 other legislatures.

Meanwhile, delegates of the Mizo Students Union (MSU), in its general conference, held in Darlawn on Thursday urged the state government to take steps to ensure that the entire state be made ST area again.

The powerful students’ body feels that this is the only way to safeguard and protect the interest of natives of the state.

In Mizoram, the scheduled areas in the state is comprised of Mara, Lai and Chakma autonomous district council areas in south Mizoram’s Saiha and Lawngtlai districts.

Published 08 October 2015, 19:20 IST

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