Narinjara News

Dhaka, January 19



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 Indiaís government may hand them over to the SPDC, Burmaís ruling military junta.


For this reason the Diasporas Arakanese Community is anxious for their fate, as they predict that they may face the death sentence in Burma.


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 USA, sent a letter of appeal to Indiaís Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, and his people on December 15, 2004 and requesting help in their release.


In his letter he expressed, "Ö we learned that they might be released and deported to Burma. This is a plea to you and the people of India (1) not to deport them to Burma and (2) to help them achieve a settlement that would ensure their dignity after years of conflict with the Myanmarese."


The letter added that in the absence of such a settlement, their deportation to Burma is the same as a death sentence.


His complete letter of appeal can be read at his website:


Another Arakanese group living in India has also started an online petition letter to the Chief Justice of India, requesting all people in the world sign the online petition letter to help their release from Indian jail. The petition letter is available at:



In their petition letter they expressed their pleasure that India bestowed its most prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding to their leader and Nobel laureate, Daw Aung Sann Suu Kyi, and that India has welcomed many Burmese exiles. They are, however, deeply saddened by the fact that no one in India seems to be concerned about the pain and injustice suffered by Burmese freedom fighters who have been incarcerated in Port Blair for nearly seven years at no fault of their own.


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 Indiaís people will ensure justice was done to their people by signing the petition in question.


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 Indian territory from the Thai-Burma border, in order to build a navy outpost on an Andaman island under an agreement of the Indian army. Boraza and his accompanying 40 members came to India from the Thai-Burma border by speed boats, while Major Saw Tun and Major Ran Naing came to the Andaman Island from New Delhi by a plane of the Indian Air Force, along with some high ranking Indian Army officials.


On January 28th, they will be present in the court of Port Bailer, on Andaman Island, for their next hearing and the case is likely to be concluded that day. Our fates are still unsure, said a detainee. #




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