Myanmar military operation a violation of human rights: NTC

DIMAPUR, MAY 21 (MExN): The Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) today said that the ongoing military operation at the Naga Self Administered Zone (SAZ), Myanmar is a serious matter of concern and termed such aggression as “a total violation of human rights.”

A press note from the NTC said that the Nagas in Myanmar “are in their ancestral land and they are the aboriginal owners of the land and its resources.” “If the ongoing aggression continues, the innocent and defenceless Nagas will face the same fate of the Muslim Rohingyas who had to flee homes in their lakhs under the pressure of ethnic cleansing by Myanmar Government. The Nagas in Myanmar are in their own land and they are not illegal immigrants in that country. The military offensive against them, particularly the general populace can never be justified,” the NTC stated.

It further urged both the NSCN (K) and the Myanmar Government to abide by the ceasefire agreement of 2012. “It is imperative that the parties are duty bound to take necessary initiatives to work out sustainable peace during the ceasefire,” it said and appealed to the NSCN (K) to “pursue the best options for permanent peace under the present ceasefire.” It also appealed to the Government of India to urge the Myanmar Government towards peace.

The NTC meanwhile also expressed concern at reports regarding an arrested gangster’s claims about a plot to kill a politician in Nagaland. It asked the Nagaland State Government to “bring the investigation to its realistically logical conclusion without any dilution and award befitting punishment.”