UN Has Said 4000-6000 Refugees From Myanmar Are Seeking Safety In India

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Almost 4000 to 6000 refugees from Myanmar have been seeking safety in India according to a spokesperson of the UN Chief. The world body has voiced concerns about the rising levels of displacement of people after the military coup that happened in the country in February.

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) that said last week in Myanmar, there has been internal displacement of almost 60,700 children, women, and men.

As many as 1700 refugees have crossed into Thailand during March and April and most of them subsequently returned to Myanmar. It is also estimated that almost 4000 to 6000 people have sought safety in India. The spokesman of the Secretary-General of UN General Antonio Guterres, Stephane Dujjaric has said this on Wednesday during a daily press briefing.

Myanmar shares a huge border with India that is more than 1600 km long and it is a porous and unfenced land border. It also shares a maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal. Four states in the North East- Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, and Manipur shares an international border with Myanmar.

The team from the United Nations in Myanmar has called upon all countries in the region to offer refuge and protection to all the people who are seeking safety as the humanitarian workers are granted access to help them. UN colleagues have again called on the military to refrain from disproportionate use and violence that also includes the use of live ammunition.

Dujjaric has also said that the UN officials in Myanmar are still very much concerned about the rising levels of displacement since the government was taken over by the military on 1st February.

He has also added that since then there has been widespread violence against civilians all across the country. Clashes between the ethnic armed organizations and the Myanmar Armed Forces in the border areas have intensified.

A statement was issued by the spokesperson of the UN Chief last week where he has said that in the 100 days since the military has taken over there are hundreds of civilians who are killed and it also includes numerous arbitrary arrests along with other violations of human rights. The Secretary-General has renewed his call on the military of the country to respect the will of the people and also act in favor of the greatest interest of stability and peace in the country.

The Secretary-General has also encouraged the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) to swiftly follow its commitments and also the international community for supporting regional efforts and bring an end to the repression by the military.

Guterres has also called on the international community for responding to the increased humanitarian needs.

The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General, Christine Schraner Burgener was there in the region and has engaged intensively with a range of key stakeholders in the country of Myanmar that have been included in the broader ramifications of the crisis.


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