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India urged to condemn the killings in Burma

New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) today stated that the statement of Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee on the prevailing situation in Burma fails to censure the military Junta for the human rights violations against the peaceful protestors. ACHR urged India to condemn the killings of the monks and other civilian protestors, respond to the demands of the international community and ask the government of Burma to agree to the United Nations mediation for national reconciliation and roadmap to democracy.

“It is never late to wake up,” – stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights, while describing India's blind support to the junta.

 

“If India can speak up for individual freedom and fair trial of former Bangladeshi Prime Ministers, Sheikh Hasina and Begum Khaleda Zia, who have been accused of corruption, there is no reason why India cannot condemn the killings of the monks and other peaceful protestors” - added Mr Chakma further.

 

Commenting on the US$ 150 million deal signed by Petroleum Minister Murli Deora with the junta on 24 September 2007 for exploration of gas off the Rakhaine coast of Burma, Mr Chakma stated, “it is a crude gesture towards pro-democracy movement and exposes the failure to learn from past experiences. It was only in August 2007 that Burma sold the gas to PetroChina from the A-1 and A-3 blocks off the Rakhine coast of Arakahan in Burma in which GAIL and ONGC Videsh had 30 percent stake but India still expects to get oil from the junta”.

 

ACHR further stated that national security cannot be an issue for not speaking out against the junta. India is having peace negotiations with most of the armed opposition groups in Indo-Burma border and despite its pampering of the generals, there are credible reports of cooperation between the Burmese army and Indian insurgent groups.

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