Protests in Myanmar

The Zo Reunification Organisation (ZORO), a Mizoram based group representing the Zo ethnic people of the world especially India, Myanmar and Bangladesh, has urged the United Nation to intervene in the political crisis of Mindat, a town in Myanmar’s Chin state following the alleged human rights violations by the military junta.

ZORO general secretary Vanlalremruata Tonson said that the organisation has recently submitted a memorandum to two UN wings- United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) seeking their intervention to stop human right violation in Mindat.

The organisation has urged the UN to protect and deliver the people of Mindat from the cruelty of the military, he said.

It also urged the two UN bodies to provide medicine and humanitarian aid to the people.

In its memorandum, the organisation said that more than 10,000 civilians from Mindat have been displaced since late April when the Myanmar military intensified the crackdown on peaceful protesters.

“The assault on civilians has intensified with torture, arbitrary arrests, detention, sexual abuse, rape and killing when martial law was declared in the town on May 13. The junta cut off food and water supplies to Mindat. The local residents fled the town due to the military assault,” the memorandum said.

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More than 800 civilians have been killed while more than 4,000 people remain in custody, it said.

The organization said that the inhuman action and heartless nature of the Myanmar military is tantamount to grss violation of international human right laws.

“We demand that the SAC forces must end their siege against the people of Mindat and end their occupation at once,” it said.

Meanwhile, a senior police officer said on Friday that as many as 7,059 people from Myanmar have so far entered Mizoram to seek shelter after the military coup in February.

At least 25 lawmakers were among the Myanmar nationals, who have taken refuge in the state, he said.

He said that the Myanmarese are currently taking shelter in 9 districts, including the state capital Aizawl.

While many were lodged at community houses set up by the government and NGOs, others were sheltered by relatives and villagers, he said.

According to the officer, Champhai district, which shares the international border with Myanmar, housed the highest Mynamar nationals at 3,856, followed by Lawngtlai district, which housed 1,297 Myanmarese.

So far 419 Myanmar nationals have entered Aizawl, 167 in Lunglei district, 633 in Siaha district, 396 in Hnahthial district, 143 in Serchhip district, 36 in Kolasib district and 112 in Saitual district, he said.

More than 150 Myanmarese have returned to their country, the police officer added.

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