Arakanese community sends appeal for detainee's release
Appeals written by the Diasporas Arakanese Community for the detainees held by Indiaís government, on Indiaís Andaman Island, has been sent to several government heads as well as the international community in hopes of helping to avoid a handover of the Arakanese detainees to Burmaís military government.
The detainees in question are likely to be freed from jail
this month but
For this reason the Diasporas Arakanese
Community is anxious for their fate, as they predict that they may face the
death sentence in
Several Burmese exile organizations in Europe, including the Arakan League for Democracy (Holland), All Arakan Students and Youths Congress (UK), and The Karen Pro-Democracy Activities (UK), sent a joint appeal on December 15, 2004 to the head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee's Office in New Delhi, asking for the U.N. to protect them by recognizing them as refugees in accordance with the United Nations Convention that relates to the status of refugees adopted on July 28, 1951.
Another prominent Arakanese
political leader, Dr Shwe Luu Maung, who is now
living in the
In his letter he expressed, "Ö we learned that they
might be released and deported to
The letter added that in the absence of such a settlement,
their deportation to
His complete letter of appeal can be read at his website: www.shwelumaung.org.
Another Arakanese group living in
In their petition letter they expressed their pleasure that
The letter added that it is a historic fact that Burmese
people have always given shelter to Indian freedom fighters, in their fight
against British rule. They hope that
36 Arakanese and Karen freedom fighters have been arrested by Indian authorities after their six leaders, Khaing Raza, Chief staff of Arakan Army, Major Saw Tun, Major Ran Naing, Major Lin Zan Khaing and Padaw MuLwe (KNU) and Captain Myint Shwe (KNU), have been assassinated by India army, since 1998.
At that time they came to
On January 28th, they will be present in the court of Port
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