May 25, 2000

Nagalim: Muivahs court trail closely monitored


UNPO, along with other prominent international observers from Europe and the U.S., monitors the court case of Naga leader Mr. Th. Muivah
Bangkok, 25 May 2000: Press release. On behalf of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), an international organization based in the Hague, The Netherlands, and the International Federation for the Protection of the Rights of Ethnic, Religious, Linguistic and other Minorities in New York.


The trial in Bangkok of the Naga leader, Mr. Th. Muivah, opened today in a packed court house, in the presence of prominent international Observers from Europe and the U.S. Senator John Nimrod from Illinois attended the trial on behalf of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), an international organization based in the Hague, The Netherlands. The UNPO has fifty-two member nations and peoples representing over 100 million people worldwide. Mr. Menelaos Tzelios, General Secretary of the International Federation for the Protection of Ethnic, Religious, Linguistic and other Minorities, arrived from New-York to observe the trial on behalf of his organisation, which works closely with the United Nations. The Transnational Radical Party (TRP), a European based political party and NGO, with consultative status at the UN, sent Ms. M. Soltjer to observe the trial. lts General Secretary, Mr. Olivier Dupuis, who is a member of the European Parliament, said the TRP has followed the peace process between the Government of India and the Naga movement headed by Mr. lsak Chishi Swu and Mr.Th. Muivah and is concerned that the detention of the latter rnay jeopardize the fragile peace negotiations. Mr. Muivah is the principal negotiator in the talks, which have been held at the Prime Minister's

The court case is a technical one concerning the use of improper travel documents, but the polificel ramifications are considerable. A failure to resolve the issue quickly could result in a breakdown of the cease-fire in Nagaland, which would be tragic for the people of that region as well as for India.

Mr. Muivah was represented at the trial by a high profile team of lawyers consisting of Khun Vasant Panich and Khun Thawatchai