[WSMDiscuss] Fwd: Pls call off efforts to retrieve body of John Allen Chau from North Sentinel Island: Joint Statement
chikikothari at gmail.com
Mon Nov 26 15:00:01 CET 2018
Statement on the situation in North Sentinel Island, one of the few places
where an indigenous population (the Sentinelese, who have always refused
contact) has been able to live its lives without external intervention,
where a foreigner was recently killed when he went reportedly to teach them
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From: psekhsaria <psekhsaria at gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 7:06 PM
Subject: Pls call off efforts to retrieve body of John Allen Chau from
North Sentinel Island: Joint Statement
To: <andamanicobar at yahoogroups.co.in>, <kvenvironment at googlegroups.com>, <
nathistory-india at yahoogroups.com>
Pls see below a statement that is being jointly released by a group of
individuals and researchers who have a long standing association with
the A&N Islands in the matter of the current situation on North Sentinel
We request you to publicise it widely and to please bring it to the
notice of journalists and others in the media that you might know.
26 November 2018
To All concerned...
Subject: Joint Statement
'Pls call off efforts to retrieve body of John Allen Chau from North
Sentinel Island: Joint Statement'
We, the undersigned note with concern and distress the continued efforts
of the A&N administration to retrieve the body of John Allen Chau from
the island of North Sentinel.
The media has reported nervous stand-offs between the teams seeking to
land on North Sentinel to get the body and members of the Sentinelese
community who clearly find these incursions unwelcome. Continuing with
the efforts could well lead to further violence and completely
unwarranted loss of life.
The rights and the desires of the Sentinelese need to be respected and
nothing is to be achieved by escalating the conflict and tension, and
worse, to creating a situation where more harm is caused.
We are not aware of the pressures under which the Government of India
and the A&N admninistration is pursuing the efforts for the retrieval of
the body, but would urge the authorities concerned to immediately call
off these efforts.
- Pankaj Sekhsaria
Member, Kalpavriksh and author, 'Islands in Flux - the Andaman and
Nicobar Story (Email: psekhsaria at gmail.com)
- Vishvajit Pandya
Anthropologist and Author
- Manish Chandi
Senior Researcher, Andaman and Nicobar Environment Team
- Zubair Ahmed
Editor, Light of Andamans, Port Blair
- Denis Giles
Editor, Andaman Chronicle, Port Blair
- Madhusree Mukerjee
Researcher, Activist and Author
- Sita Venkateshwar
Anthropologist and Author
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