Indian states reverse the order of keeping Myanmar refugees away


A Burmese police officer who fled Myanmar on March 13, 2021 and illegally traveled to India is resting in a temporary shelter in a private location in Mizoram, northeastern India.

Burmese have fled their country since the military coup on February 1st

Manipur, India’s border area, has withdrawn its previous order ordering authorities to “carefully alienate” refugees from Myanmar.

The state’s interior ministry, which issued the first order, said the order was “misunderstood.”

Earlier orders were issued in reports that refugees from Myanmar would enter Manipur in northeastern India.

Many of them have fled after a military coup last month overthrew the democratic government.

On Tuesday, the Interior Ministry issued a secondary order stating that the state government would take “all humanitarian measures” and “continue to provide all assistance,” including treatment of injured refugees.

The first order dated March 26 stated that anyone with “serious injuries” could be treated, but banned the establishment of camps to provide food and shelter. It also urged authorities to stop attempts to register refugees with India’s national biometric ID scheme, Aadhaar.

On March 22, 2021, demonstrators gesture near a barricade during a protest against a military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar.

Hundreds of anti-coup protesters were killed

“People trying to evacuate should turn their backs politely,” the order said.

The agreement between the two countries allows Indians and Myanmarese to stay across national borders for up to 14 days. However, due to Covid-19, the border has been closed since March last year.

I don’t know how many refugees from Myanmar have entered India since the coup, In some estimates, that number will be 700..

The number is expected to increase as violent protests against anti-coup protesters continue.

Earlier this month, a group of Myanmar police officers went to India.they They told the BBC that they fled to India after refusing to shoot the protesters. At the command of the army.

On February 1, security forces led by Min Aung Hlaing and his general took control of Myanmar. They detained Aung San Suu Kyi, who was dominated by the National League for Democracy (NLD) party in recent elections.

Protests against the coup were brutally suppressed-more than 400 people have been killed in violence since February 1. More than 100 people were killed, including children Only on Saturday.

On that day, the generals held a military parade to commemorate the annual Armed Forces Day, the beginning of Myanmar’s military resistance to the 1945 occupation of Japan.

India was one of the countries whose representatives participated in the parade and drew several anti-aircraft guns. Officials from Russia, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand also participated in the parade.

That same night, the general threw a gorgeous gala, which caused anger and criticism.

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