(118) SOUTH ASIA HUMAN RIGHTS DOCUMENTATION CENTRE, HUMAN RIGHTS DOCUMENTATION CENTER, PREVENTION OF TERRORISM ORDINANCE 2001: GOVERNMENT DECIDES TO PLAY JUDGE AND JURY 24, (2001) [hereinafter SAHRDC POTA Report] (referencing Kartar Singh v.
Part 4, [section] 32; SAHRDC POTA Report, supra note 1 18, at 80.
Following up on rumors of forced repatriation and deplorable conditions in the Tamil refugee camps in Tamilnadu, a SAHRDC researcher visited the camps in July 1996 and published a report detailing the systematic violations of Tamil refugee rights and the implicit involvement of the Government of India.
The SAHRDC recommends that, if the Indian government is serious about maintaining the camps, it should allow NGOs to resume their former duties.
Ration supplies to the Jumma refugees sheltered in Tripura State have been suspended since mid-1992.(31) SAHRDC received information that rice and salt supplies were stopped on 21 November 1995 in a fresh attempt to force out the refugees.(32) Food provisions are given in 10-day-cycles, but the quantity normally suffices for only eight days.
The SAHRDC conducted a study of camp conditions in 1993 and 1994, which revealed that the Jumma refugees have been systematically denied access to education.(36)
This was facilitated by both bilateral discussions between India and Bangladesh and the responses of SAHRDC to the averments of the Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of India and Tripura State Government, which were submitted to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).(37) The NHRC has been inquiring into the alleged forcible repatriation on a complaint filed by SAHRDC.
SAHRDC filed a complaint with the Indian National Human Rights Commission regarding the involuntary repatriation of the Jumma refugees in 1994.
Chakraborty; senior superintendent of police, to the Jumma refugee camps from 24 to 28 May 1996 to investigate the allegations of the SAHRDC. The team reported the shortage of water, inadequacy of accommodation, and woefully inadequate medical facilities.
Even though SAHRDC's complaint relating to the involuntary repatriation of the Jumma refugees in 1994 is still under the consideration of NHRC, the Government of India decided to repatriate 6,172 Jumma refugees without consulting the NHRC.
After receiving numerous complaints to this effect, SAHRDC conducted a study of the conditions of refugees protected by the UNHCR in New Delhi.(45)