China has allegedly sold helicopter gunships to ethnic Wa rebels who occupy areas of Shan State in eastern Burma, intelligence monitor Jane’s Information Group reported on Monday.
The report claimed China “delivered several Mil Mi-17 ‘Hip’ medium- transport helicopters armed with TY-90 air-to-air missiles to the Wa in late February and early March, according to both Myanmar ethnic minority and Myanmar government sources.”
Bertil Lintner, an expert on Burma and author of Great Game East: India, China and the Struggle for Asia’s Most Volatile Frontier, confirmed the accuracy of the Jane’s report.
Myanmar’s authorities suspended official population assessment on Bengali migrants in Rakhine State due to disagreement among Bengali population which demanded to recognize them as “Rohingya” not “Bengalis”, according to officials.
The official process began on April 26 in Sittwe, Rakhine’s capital as well as other townships across the state.
Such disagreement has deterred the process on that day in Sittwe which encountered Bengali residents’ refusal to take part willingly in the process, the officials said.
“We tried to start our process at 10:00am that day. The first problem came up as we could not call in two Bengali representatives to take part in the process. They refused it. But we tried to start it by ourselves. When we started, a woman arrived shouting “I don’t want to see them here, I don’t want to see them here!” an official said.
“Several Bengali women joined them moments later and they tried to shoo us. When we asked them why they didn’t like to be assessed, they told us that they will never give any listing if they’re not recognized as “Rohingya”, he said.
“As the crowd became bigger, we had to stop it for the moment. And we reported to superior officials about the situation. It’s impossible to continue our tasks today. We’re concerned some bad would happen,” said an immigration staff who took part in the process in Thetkelpyin village, Sittwe.
“Even some hostile manners were seen among the Bengali communities,” Win Myaing, the secretary for Information and Records Committee under Rakhine State Government said, “We heard the news [they] are disturbed. We are not to list the number of “Rohingya”. We are only to list the number of “Bengalis” in accordance with the plan,”
A total of 18 operation teams are in the city to taking census.
A total of 63 teams have been formed in the state to conduct the official survey in townships where Benglais are living, and each 20-membered team consisting of three immigration staff, four Nasaka staff, one staff each from ward or village administrator’s office and Land Records Department, two representatives each from Rakhine ethnic community and Bengali community, one administrator each from every wards or villages, three military personnel, and three policemen.
“Today, no listing was done. No Bengali representatives came even when they’re requested them to come. We will suspend the process today,” said Kyaw Myint, an immigration officer that day.
Separately, a military personnel was reported to be injured in a Sittwe village lately. The authorities are now increasing security forces at the places where some trouble broke out.
Meanwhile, approximately 200 personnel from the Ministry of Immigration and Population were sent to Rakhine for the project.
Human Rights Watch’s one-sided report on the Rakhine conflict can affect Myanmar’s democratic reform, ’88 Generation Students Group says.
The group made the comment during a meeting with two officials from the New York-based HRW in Yangon yesterday.
Pyone Cho, the group’s human rights division in charge, said: “They (HRW officials) should have discussed with those responsible before the report was issued. Now, their act has exacerbated the problem.”
The meeting was attended by Ko Ko Gyi and Pyone Cho from the ’88 Group and HRW officials Phil Robertson and Matthew Smith.
The organisation issued the report last week accusing the Myanmar authorities and Buddhist monks of playing their role in “ethnic cleansing” against the Muslims in western state of Rakhine, where two waves of communal violence broke out between Rakhine nationals and Bengali Muslims last year.
Pyone Cho told the HRW officials they needed to produce a correct report considering the fact that the Myanmar nationals are living in the country peacefully.
“There are some differences between their findings and ours concerning the Rakhine conflict. The HRW officials listened to our comments made in defence of the report. We also clarified on the situation of our national people,” Pyone Cho said.
The ’88 Group has issued a statement in which it said the rule of law and regional security should be considered in the issues of human rights for the victims and citizenship in Rakhine State.
The HRW’s report did not include loses and sufferings of the Rakhine nationals and violations of their human rights. During the meeting, the ‘88 Group also said Myanmar has long suffered from human rights violations, the statement said.
The HRW’s report on the Rakhine conflict has drawn widespread criticism from various fields in Myanmar since it was released on April 22.
President Thein Sein’s spokesman Ye Htut dismissed the report on his Facebook page on the same day the release of the report describing the words and usages contained in report as “unacceptable to the Myanmar government”.
ယေန႔ ဧၿပီလ၊ ၂၈ ရက္ နံနက္ ၁၀း၃၀ နာရီက ရန္ကုန္ၿမိဳ႕ သဃၤန္းကၽြန္္းၿမိဳ႕နယ္ ၁၆/၁ ရပ္ကြက္ သုမဂၤလာလမ္း အမွတ္ ၁၀၃၉-၁၀၄၀ ရွိ ၈၈မ်ိဳးဆက္ ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရးႏွင့္ ပြင့္လင္းလူ႔အဖြဲ႔အစည္းရုံးသုိ႔ ရန္ကုန္ၿမိဳ႕၌ ေရာက္ရွိေနေသာ HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH အဖြဲ႔၏ Deputy Director Asia မွ Phil Robertson ႏွင့္ Matthew Smith တုိ႔ႏွစ္ဦး ေရာက္ရွိလာၿပီး ၈၈မ်ိဳးဆက္ ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရးႏွင့္ပြင့္လင္းလူ႔အဖြဲ႔အစည္းမွ ကုိကုိႀကီး၊ ၿပံဳးခ်ိဳ( ၈၈မ်ိဳးဆက္ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရးဌာန တာဝန္ခံ) တုိ႔ႏွင့္ ေတြ႔ဆုံေဆြးေႏြးခဲ့ၾကသည္။ ထုိသုိ႔ေတြ႔ဆုံရာတြင္ မၾကာခင္ကထြက္ရွိခဲ့သည့္ HRW ၏အစီရင္ခံစာ All You Can Do is Pray Continue reading “’88 Group says”HRW’s report on Rakhine conflict can affect democratic reform””→
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