‘Respect will of individuals’: Civil society members write to EAM to name on Myanmar army to revive democracy, peace

‘Respect will of individuals’: Civil society members write to EAM to name on Myanmar army to revive democracy, peace

On 1 February, the Myanmar army, in a coup, deposed the elected civilian authorities and declared a year-long state of emergency

Editor’s observe: On 1 February, the Myanmar army deposed the nation’s democratically-elected authorities and put in place a 12 months’s state of emergency. The motion and subsequent crackdown on anti-coup protests has seen widespread condemnation from internationally.

In the meantime in India, on Tuesday, a gaggle of 30 outstanding names from academia, journalism, regulation and different civil society circles wrote a joint letter to Minister of Exterior Affairs S Jaishankar urging the Authorities of India to, amongst different issues, name on the Myanmar army to ‘respect the need of the folks and return to democratic rule’ and ‘launch Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and all different civilian political leaders who have been detained after the coup, together with these held for the protests’. 

The letter is reproduced in its entirety beneath and has not been edited by Alenz:


Dr S Jaishankar
Minister of Exterior Affairs
Authorities of India
New Delhi

Date: 8 March, 2021

Topic: Name to the Authorities of India on Myanmar Scenario by Students, Writers, Jurists and Civil Society Members

Pricey Sir,

On 1 February, the Myanmar army (or Tatmadaw), in an efficient coup, deposed the elected civilian authorities  and declared a year-long state of emergency, after alleging that the outcomes of the 8 November 2020 common election have been fraudulent. It additionally arrested President Win Myint, State Counsellor within the former authorities and Nobel laureate, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, members of the Union Election Fee (UEC), and several other different civilian leaders belonging to the Nationwide League for Democracy (NLD). The UEC and third-party ballot displays had already dismissed the vote fraud allegations as baseless. Additional, authorized consultants are of the opinion that the takeover was unlawful.

For the reason that coup, lots of of hundreds of individuals have thronged the streets of Myanmar to protest the takeover. These demonstrations, which have unfold to almost all corners of the nation, have turned out to be unprecedented in scale, with a big spectrum of the society – from younger college students to industrial employees and even bureaucrats – becoming a member of in. The collective resistance is now being known as a Civil Disobedience Motion (CDM), with numerous sections of the working inhabitants refusing to go to work underneath army rule.

In response, the army regime has used disproportionate power to crack down on protestors. Greater than 50 folks have been reportedly killed by safety forces to date. In accordance with the UN human rights workplace in Yangon, 18 have been killed and 30 wounded on 28 February alone, the bloodiest of all days to date. Then once more, on 3 March, no less than 38 protestors have been reportedly killed by stay hearth, together with 19-year outdated Kyal Sin. On the identical day, there have been additionally experiences of forces utilizing sniper and machine gun hearth on unarmed crowds.,

The army regime led by a State Administrative Council (SAC) is enterprise a slew of different measures to suppress the protests and power protesting staff to return to work, together with blocking the web, since platforms like WhatsApp, Twitter and Fb rapidly turned the popular means for mass mobilisation and dissemination of knowledge to the surface world. A hard and fast hour evening web curfew stays in power.

1000’s of individuals, largely protest mobilisers, politicians and unusual CDM protestors, hve been detained in evening raids throughout Myanmar with out due course of. Regardless of these, the countrywide CDM continues. So does the regime’s violence in direction of peaceable mass protests.

The political instability created by the coup in Myanmar can have far-reaching implications not simply inside Myanmar, but in addition the area. Notably, it might disrupt the peace processes in India’s delicate North-east which shares a protracted land border with Myanmar by opening the house for renewed rebel exercise. It might additionally push susceptible civilians to cross over from Myanmar, as has already been reported alongside the Mizoram-Chin border.

We imagine that the coup critically threatens the ethnic peace course of began by the earlier administrations in Myanmar, and the Nationwide Ceasefire Settlement (NCA) framework that drew 10 Ethnic Armed Organisations (EAOs) to negotiations.

We’re conscious of India’s realpolitik constraints however imagine that solely an elected civilian authorities and a army that’s ruled by due civilian oversight in Myanmar can make sure the political, safety and financial stability wanted for bilateral and regional progress. Due to this fact, we write in our particular person capability as folks deeply involved in regards to the destiny of an in depth neighbour with whom India has lengthy cultural, historic, commerce and political ties.

Recognising the necessity for a direct finish to the present bloodshed and confrontation, and a restoration of peace, we name on the Authorities of India, as a long-standing buddy of Myanmar and its peoples, to induce the regime to:

1)  Respect the need of the folks and return to democratic rule.

2) Chorus from utilizing power towards peaceable protestors. The fitting to free speech and expression, of which the suitable to protest is a corollary, is a human proper recognised by the Common Declaration of Human Rights.

3) Launch Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and all different civilian political leaders who have been detained after the coup, together with these held for the protests.

4) Restore the web in full and respect freedom of the press.

5) Restore the suspended legal guidelines which shield the suitable to privateness of particular person residents, and prohibit arbitrary arrests, extended detentions, and search-and-seizure raids on non-public property with out courtroom orders.

6) Provoke legal proceedings towards safety personnel and cops who’ve fired or ordered the firing of stay rounds at unarmed protestors.

We additionally name on the Authorities of India to:

7) Urge Indian corporations, together with state-owned ones, to instantly droop all industrial ties and proposed offers/joint ventures with the Myanmar army and all affiliated entities, together with the 2 greatest conglomerates, Myanmar Financial Company (MEC) and Myanma Financial Holdings Restricted (MEHL).

8) Assist regional efforts to revive democratic order in Myanmar and urge a restoration of peace.

Copy to:

  • Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Overseas Secretary
  • Saurabh Kumar, Indian Ambassador to Myanmar
  • Riva Ganguly Das, Secretary (East)
  • Vikas Swarup, Secretary (West)
  • Smita Pant, Joint Secretary (Bangladesh Myanmar)
  • Priyadharsini R., Underneath Secretary (Myanmar)



Sanjoy Hazarika Writer and commentator
Angshuman Choudhury Coverage researcher
Pradip Phanjoubam Senior Journalist, Manipur
Sanjay Gathia Senior advocacy knowledgeable
Bidhayak Das Senior Journalist, Assam
Yaiphaba Kangjam Journey historian and author
Ravi Hemadri Activist
Prasenjit Biswas Professor, NEHU
Mamang Dai Author, Arunachal Pradesh
Jahnu Barua Filmmaker and author
Manoranjan Pegu Commerce Union Activist
Sukumar Muralidharan Senior journalist and educational
Rita Manchanda South Asia Discussion board for Human Rights
Harsh Kapoor South Asia Citizen’s Net
Tapan Bose Filmmaker and journalist
Subir Bhaumik Veteran journalist and writer on Northeast India
Aashish Yadav Assistant Lecturer, Jindal International Legislation Faculty
Rupali Samuel Supreme Court docket lawyer and rights activist, New Delhi
Mohsin Alam Bhat Assistant Professor, OP Jindal International College
Nayanjoyti Bhuyan Senior Journalist, Guwahati Assam
Abhijit Deb Senior Journalist, Assam
Sushmita Das Convenor, Social Actions for New Alternate options (SANA)-India, Assam
Dr Rahul Chanda Assistant Professor Mass Communications, Royal International College, Guwahati
Kamal Chakraborty Citizenship Activist and Author, Barak Valley, Assam
Jenpu Rongmei Activist and Director CAN-Youth, Nagaland
Afreen Bano Khan Advocate, Bombay Excessive Court docket
Aman Assistant Professor of Authorized Apply, Jindal International Legislation Faculty
Anubhav Tiwari Researcher

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