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Civil rights activist Irom Sharmila ended her 16-year hunger strike

  • Iron Lady, Irom Sharmila, Sharmila, afspa, 16 years Fast
    IromSharmiladuringapressconference

    The 44-year-old activist, who has been force fed for the duration of her protest, announced the end of her hunger strike

  • Iron Lady, Irom Sharmila, Sharmila, afspa, 16 years Fast
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    one of the longest-running anywhere–at a hearing in a local court in Imphal, the capital of Manipur, according to a statement from Amnesty International India.

  • Iron Lady, Irom Sharmila, Sharmila, afspa, 16 years Fast
    IromSharmilatalkingtothemediaatcourtcomplexinImphal

    "I am ending my fast today. I want to try a different agitation now,” the rights body quoted Ms. Irom as saying in the court.

  • Iron Lady, Irom Sharmila, Sharmila, afspa, 16 years Fast
    raisetheissueoftheremovalofthelawfromthestatethroughademocraticprocess.

    Two weeks ago, Ms. Irom told the court and the media in Imphal that she would give up her fast in order to contest state elections as an independent candidate

  • Iron Lady, Irom Sharmila, Sharmila, afspa, 16 years Fast
    Sharmilaendedherfastafterbeingonfastfornearly16years

    For more than 15 years, Ms. Irom had been detained in a hospital in Imphal where she was force-fed through a tube in her nose under a law that prohibits suicide.

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