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Military coup halts Myanmar’s transition to democracy

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New Delhi: After the military undermined Myanmar’s democratic transition, and arrested State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and other civilian officials in Myanmar, India has noted the developments in the neighbouring country with deep concern.

In a statement issued by the External Affairs Ministry, the Indian Government on Monday 1 February said India has always been steadfast in its support to the process of democratic transition in Myanmar. We believe that the rule of law and the democratic process must be upheld. We are monitoring the situation closely.

Aung San Suu Kyi with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi – Representative photo

Only a few months ago, world leaders were congratulating Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on her party’s recent electoral victory. The elections had marked an important step in Myanmar’s transition to democracy.

Notwithstanding the immediate challenges facing Myanmar, particularly the Rohingya crisis and the conflict in Rakhine, the US and other western countries, were looking forward to Myanmar playing its role in the wider Indo-Pacific region and to a closer partnership with ASEAN. Under the circumstances, especially when China is maintaining silence, major countries around the world are watching the military coup in Myanmar with deep concern.

US President Joe Biden has said in a statement that the military’s seizure of power in Burma, the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and other civilian officials, and the declaration of a national state of emergency are a direct assault on the country’s transition to democracy and the rule of law.

The US President has further said: “In a democracy, force should never seek to overrule the will of the people or attempt to erase the outcome of a credible election. For almost a decade, the people of Burma have been steadily working to establish elections, civilian governance, and the peaceful transfer of power. That progress should be respected.

The international community should come together in one voice to press the Burmese military to immediately relinquish the power they have seized, release the activists and officials they have detained, lift all telecommunications restrictions, and refrain from violence against civilians. The United States is taking note of those who stand with the people of Burma in this difficult hour. We will work with our partners throughout the region and the world to support the restoration of democracy and the rule of law, as well as to hold accountable those responsible for overturning Burma’s democratic transition.

The United States removed sanctions on Burma over the past decade based on progress toward democracy. The reversal of that progress will necessitate an immediate review of our sanction laws and authorities, followed by appropriate action.

The United States will stand up for democracy wherever it is under attack.”

Myanmar’s refugee crisis is immense: More than 600,000 have been displaced from their homes

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Simon Henshaw

Washington DC: The scale of Myanmar’s refugee crisis is immense: more than 600,000 have been displaced from their homes since 25 August 2017. The conditions are tough. People are suffering.

This was pointed out at a press briefing here on 7 November 2017 by Simon Henshaw, the US Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. He led a delegation to Myanmar and Bangladesh last week. He was there from the 29 October to 4 November.

The delegation included the US Deputy Assistant Secretary Scott Busby of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Tom Vajda of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs; and Office Director Patricia Mahoney of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. The US State department Spokesperson, Heather Nauert also joined the delegation for the final leg of the trip to visit Cox’s Bazar, Dhaka, and refugee camps in Bangladesh.

Henshaw had a series of meetings, was able to assess the situation on the ground, speak with some government officials, also aid groups, and some human rights workers who are taking a lot of reports from the Rohingya refugees.

Henshaw told media-persons that the US has urged the Burmese Government to act to restore the rule of law, protect local populations, investigate alleged human rights abuses and violations, and to hold those responsible accountable.

During his tour, Henshaw said that many refugees, who were in tears, narrated accounts of seeing their villages burned, their relatives killed in front of them. It was tough to take. Some recalled being shot as they fled. Despite the trauma, many expressed a strong desire to return to their homes in Myanmar, provided their safety, security, and rights could be guaranteed.

In Myanmar, the Us delegation met with government officials and Rohingya and ethnic Rakhine community leaders, including a visit to a camp for people who have been internally displaced inside Myanmar.

Henshaw said that the Burmese Government has been urged to act to restore the rule of law, protect local populations, investigate alleged human rights abuses and violations, and to hold those responsible accountable.

Henshaw further said that the US welcomes the Burmese government’s plans for repatriation and encourage them to implement these plans as soon as possible, emphasizing the importance of creating safe conditions that would allow refugees to voluntarily return to their villages and land.

The US delegation also traveled to Bangladesh where it met with government officials, international organizations, and NGOs, and visited refugee camps near Cox’s Bazar. What we saw in the camps was shocking.

Henshaw went on to underline appreciation for the generosity and commitment from the Government of and people of Bangladesh and the humanitarian partners, including the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, the Organization for Migration, the UN World Food Program, and the United Nations Children’s Fund, and said they are all working together to provide emergency assistance to the refugees. The situation requires a lot more work, he said adding the U.S. was one of the first to pledge funds to support international organizations in the crisis, and our commitment has been followed by generous contributions from other donors. However, more is needed.

On being asked whether or not full access was granted or there are still parts of the region he couldn’t go to? And also whether he got some assurances on when the program to repatriate Rohingyas will be implemented? Henshaw replied: full access has not been granted to press and international NGOs in northern Rakhine State. He further said that the Burmese Government appear committed to start a repatriation program, but it was in the early stages. And it’s very important for the US that that program not only creates safe conditions so that refugees will want to return voluntarily, but also assure that refugees go back to their villages and land, that their houses be restored in the areas where the villages were burned, and that political reconciliation take place.

 

 

NIA starts probe into funding of Hurriyat

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New Delhi: National Investigation Agency has registered a PE (Preliminary Enquiry) into the funding of Hurriyat leaders namely Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Naeem Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Gazi Javed Baba and others in J&K by Hafiz Muhammed Saeed and other Pakistan based terrorists and agencies to carry out subversive activities in Kashmir and for damaging public property, stone pelting on the security forces, burning of schools and other Government establishments.

The NIA has also taken cognizance of the news item related to the recording of
conversations between the reporter and leaders of the separatist groups operating in
Kashmir valley, by India Today TV, on 16 May 2017 in this regard.

Seizure of money in Senapati district, Manipur: NIA resgisters case

On 26 May 2017, National Investigation Agency has registered a case at the NIA Branch Office at Guwahati subsequent to the case registered at Senapati PS on 7 April 2017 on the alleged allegations of recovery of Rs. 18,47,667 from Mrs. Shelly Sumi, wife of Nikki Sumi (SS Lt. Gen. and Deputy Commander-in-chief of the Banner terrorist organisation NSCN-K) and others in district Senapati (Manipur) on 7 April 2017. The money was suspected to be in transit illegally to GHQ Taga, Myanmar, for her husband. Mrs. Shelly Sumi is alleged to be raising funds for terrorist acts by the
NSCN(K).

On 7 April, based on specific intelligence regarding movement of Mrs. Shelly Sumi carrying huge amount of money to Taga (Myanmar) for her husband, a temporary check post was set up on at NH-2 near Karong village, Senapati district, by the 34 Assam Rifles. At about 5.30 in the evenin, one Dimapur to Imphal bound bus bearing registration no. MN-01-2027 was intercepted and four persons were apprehended. They were (i) Ms. Shelly Sumi (ii) Ms. Ikheli Yeptho (iii) Ms. Shutoli (iv) Ms. Hozheli,
all from Nagaland, and the amount of Rs. 18,47,667 was recovered from their possession, besides other articles. A case was registered by the Senapati Police station and the four accused were arrested by the local Police.

India, Myanmar to enhance engagement in agriculture, renewable energy and power sector

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi at the Joint Press Statement, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on 19 October 2016.

New Delhi: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi today announced that India and Myanmar have agreed to enhance engagement in several areas including agriculture, renewable energy and power sector.

The Prime Minister, jointly with State Counsellor of Myanmar Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, was briefing the media here after extensive discussions on the full range of partnership between India and Myanmar. Modi said that the Myanmar leader’s clear vision, mature leadership, struggle and eventual success in establishing democracy in Myanmar has inspired people across the world.

Modi stated that the security interests of India and Myanmar are closely aligned adding both India and Myanmar have agreed to coordinate closely to ensure security in the areas along the border, and sensitivity to each other’s strategic interests.

India has a robust development cooperation programme with Myanmar, the PM said drawing attention to the the mega connectivity projects like Kaladan and Trilateral Highway, and other projects in the fields of human resource development, healthcare, training and capacity building.

India’s nearly US Dollars 1.75 billion of development assistance is centered on people. And, is in line with the priorities of Myanmar government and its people, stated Modi.

The PM announced that India will develop a Varietal Development and Seed Production Centre in Yezin in Myanmar to enhance the quality of seeds. Both countries will also work to develop a mutually beneficial arrangement for trade in pulses. They have also offered to scale up the power supply from Moreh in Manipur to Tamu in Myanmar. The two countries will also partner in a pilot LED electrification project at a site designated by the Government of Myanmar.The MOU on Cooperation in the Power Sector signed just today will help create the framework for advancing our linkages in this important sector.

The societies of both ountries enjoy a cultural connect that is centuries old, Modi said adding India has offered assistance in restoring pagodas damaged in the recent earthquake in Myanmar. The Archaeological Survey of India will also soon begin work on restoring two old temples and inscriptions of King Mindon and King Baygyidaw in Bodh Gaya.