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NESO urges Centre to intervene, extend support to fleeing Burmese citizens

Myanmar protests against military junta

NE student body strongly condemned the inhumane atrocities committed by the Military junta against its own people causing a mass exodus and refugee problem to the neighbouring countries.

TFM Desk

The North  East  Students’ Organisation (NESO) has decided to urge the Government of India, with the consent of state governments of Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland & Arunachal Pradesh, to properly address the plight of the Burmese nationals who are seeking shelter in these four states and to provide the necessary temporary support to these shelter seekers until the situation in Myanmar improved and they be send back to their homeland.

NESO, which comprises  the  Khasi  Students’ Union (KSU), All Assam  Students’ Union (AASU), Naga Students’  Federation (NSF), Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), Twipra  Students’ Federation (TSF), All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), Garo Students’ Union (GSU), and All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) representing eight major students’ movements of  the seven Northeastern states hosted a meeting on the April 9, 2021 via video conferencing and discussed the present volatile situation in Myanmar especially the plight of the affected people seeking shelter in the Northeastern states, according to a NESO statement.

During the meeting, a discussion was held on the resemblance of the culture, heritage, ethnicity, history and identity of the Myanmarese ethnic groups specifically from the Sagaing Region and Chin State and the Northeast indigenous communities specifically of the states of Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur & Arunachal Pradesh who also shares a common international border.

Based on the indigenous affinities between these people of the two regions, the meeting decided to urge the Union government to set up temporary support to the fleeing Burmese citizens, the statement said.

NESO also urged the Government of India to prevail in its capacity to the Myanmar Military Junta to stop bloodshed and loss of lives and to seek the immediate restoration of democracy in the said country.

The apex student body also expressed shock and grief at the heavy loss of life in the ongoing bloodshed in the aftermath of the coup of the democratically elected government by the military junta; thereby trampling democracy and human rights under the military boots.

NESO strongly condemned the inhumane atrocities committed by the Military junta against its own people causing a mass exodus and refugee problem to the neighbouring countries, it added.

Due to the ongoing conflict in Myanmar where human rights were brazenly violated, a sizeable number of Myanmar citizens are seeking shelter and escape from military oppression across the international border of the states of Mizoram and Manipur in which at present, there are already quite a number of people who have already entered Mizoram and Manipur, the student body said.

NESO also reiterated its stand on the illegal inflow of Bangladeshis who have entered the region that they should be deported, demand for implementation of ILP in the other Northeastern states, implementation of all Clauses of Assam Accord, opposition to Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), deportation of Chakma and Hajong refugees from Arunachal Pradesh, the non application of the Indo-Nepal Treaty of Friendship 1950 in the Northeastern region and for total implementation of all the recommendations of the high power committee  constituted by Government of India on Clause 6 of Assam Accord.

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