Ethnic Organizations concern AA chief family

The Kachin Post / December 14, 2019

Three overseas-based Burma’s Ethnic coalitions has raised concern over safety of the detained wife and children of Arakan Army (AA) chief Major General Htun Myat Nai, requesting Thai authority to consider the case as a humanitarian ground to protect women and children.

Mrs. Hnin Zar Phyu, wife of Htun Myat Nai, along with her two kids were arrested by Thai immigration last week in Chiang Mai, Thailand, after Burmese authority tipped off to revoke her passport. She is likely to face immigration charges and possible deportation to Burma.

Thai authority should consider Hnin case base on humanitarian ground and refer to the local United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to be protected as a convention refugee, said joint statement released today by U.S based Nationalities Alliance of Burma, Canada Burma Ethnic Nationalities Organization and Coalitions of Burma Ethnic-Malaysia. “Women and children should not be targeted by any means in order to win the war,” said the statement.

Arakan Army is one of most active in engage fighting against the Burma Army in Northern Shan State and Arakan State. AA allied with anti-government armed organizations; Ta-ang National Liberation Army, Kokang Army and Kachin Independence Army. AA has intensified its military operations in Arakan State by attacking Burma Army posts and abducting dozens of soldiers, polices and civilians since early of this year.

In last July, Singapore police arrested Htun brother’s Aung Myat Kyaw and five other members of Arakan Association-Singapore and deported back to Burma. In October, AA chief’s brother-in-law Kyaw Naing and wife Yamin Myat was arrested at the Yangon International airport and later charged with counter-terrorism Law.

Arakan Army was established in April 2009 and is the armed wing of United League of Arakan (ULA).