Copyright © 2020 Myanmar NOW. “They are persuading people to convert to their religion by teaching. ARAKAN NATIONALITY SONG 2015 - Duration: 3:23. Eight others were wounded and four more are unaccounted for after Tatmadaw-led shooting. The latter has been described as recently as 2015 as a “narco-army” that obtains weapons, including heavy artillery, surface-to-air missiles, and armored vehicles, from China . Since November 2018, fighting in northern Rakhine State and neighboring Paletwa Township in Chin State has displaced over 236,000 people. “He referred to the rival of the chairman of this region, and he was talking about my wife, who has opened a school to teach Japanese,” he told Myanmar Now. This war in Rakhine/Arakan! Arkar Lin denied the accusation that the monk was campaigning on his behalf. On December 9, representatives of the Myanmar military and Arakan Army (AA) met in person to discuss the possibility of a bilateral ceasefire. A military source with experience in South-East Asia confirmed that China is providing approximately 95 per cent of Arakan Army funding. Three supporters of a gunman who killed National League for Democracy (NLD) legal advisor Ko Ni in January 2017 have each been sentenced to a year in prison with hard labour. “They are persuading people to convert to their religion by teaching,” Sayadaw U Pyanna Tharra said of NLD candidate Htein Lin and his wife. These are the two biggest and strongest ethnic armed organisations based along Myanmar’s bor… “The Bureau of Special Investigations is running the investigations,” Hlaing township police chief Nyan Htun told Myanmar Now. There are encouraging signs of close coordination between the Indian and Burmese Army to jointly take on the Arakan rebels after commander-in-chief of the Myanmar armed forces senior general Min Aung Hlaing in an interview said, “A country may be able to suppress terrorist organizations on its soil. The charges against them stem from their appearance at a hearing held on February 2, 2018, at the Yangon region northern district court, where the defendant, Kyi Lin, was on trial for shooting Ko Ni at point-blank range the year before. The Arakan Army, which says it is fighting for self-determination for the majority Buddhist Rakhine people, is a recent arrival on Myanmar’s complex ethnic stage. Kyaw Myint was arrested at his home at the Pan Hlaing housing estate on September 29 after it was learned that he had escaped from Mandalay’s Obo prison two decades earlier. No 253/285, Room (A), 12th Floor, Great Cairo Condo India needs to meaningfully engage with Myanmar and jointly take on the threat posed by the China-Arakan nexus and protect the Indian projects. Wearing t-shirts emblazoned with the words “Eat while you can”—a veiled threat in Burmese—the men were later charged by the Insein township general administrator under section 505(b) of the penal code, which criminalizes speech that is likely to “cause fear or alarm in the public”. It is widely believed that Myanmar is China’s closest ally in South East Asia which has drastically changed in the backdrop of the China-made pandemic. He added that the rival’s wife was a Christian who had opened a school to convert students to her religion. “I lost mainly in the villages where the monk preached. He had been in hiding for nearly three years after re-enacting Ko Ni’s shooting at a charity event in Thaketa in February 2018. The group is active in Chin and Rakhine states of Myanmar which border Mizoram. But in cases when there are strong forces behind that terrorist organization, the country alone may not be able to handle it.”. "The Central Body on Anti-Money Laundering ordered two Rakhine restaurants in Yangon to shut down last week, alleging the businesses were being used to launder funds to the Arakan Army (AA), an armed ethnic group warring with the Myanmar military in Rakhine state. Aspiring Civil servant ,hell bent on bringing about a positive change in India . The insurgents and the military recently called a temporary ceasefire and entered a preliminary dialogue. A military source with experience in South-East Asia confirmed that China is providing approximately 95 per cent of Arakan Army funding. Khin Moh Moh Lwin is Reporter with Myanmar Now. Arkar Lin, the USDP candidate, is the chairman of the leading body of southern Shan state’s Danu Self-Administered Zone, which includes Pindaya and Ywangan townships. Kyaw Myint will be charged under article 171 of the Financial Institutions Law and is currently being investigated, said Police Col Kyaw Thiha, a spokesperson for the Myanmar Police Force. Police officials say Kyaw Myint, the former chair of the recently dissolved United Democratic Party (UDP), is facing additional charges under the Immigration Act and the Financial Institutions Law. The Arakan Army (AA) is a relatively new addition to conflict in western Myanmar, a region that has seen much unrest in recent years. Kyaw Myint, the former chair of the United Democratic Party, is already serving time for fleeing prison two decades ago. Tin Htay Aung, a fourth member of the group who was apprehended soon after the courtroom incident, has already completed his sentence, which was handed down by the Insein court on August 10, 2018. The report has added that China also provides up to 95 percent of the Arakan Army's funding. Police say woman arrested Sunday was trading millions of yaba pills to fund rebels fighting Tatmadaw in Rakhine State. “We have not said anything to the monks. What will happen is that religious problems will increase,” said Sayadaw U Pyanna Tharra. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. YANGON — Eight people accused of helping fund the Arakan Army, including several deported from Singapore, were formally charged under counter-terrorism laws in a Myanmar court Friday. Police in Yangon have arrested a woman who they say was helping to fund the rebel Arakan Army (AA) by trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine tablets, a charge the group denies. TAGS: #China #India #Myanmar #World News. Western intelligence agencies say China provides up to 95 per cent of Arakan Army’s funding. The monk later scolded the two students and told them to remove the video. Myanmar's Anti-Terrorism Central Committee designates Arakan Army a terrorist group in accordance with the country's counter-terrorism law. Khine Khine was attempting to ship the drugs to the Rakhine State capital, police said. Khine Thuka, an AA spokesperson, told Myanmar Now that Khine Khine never sold drugs to finance the group and no longer works with them: “She served in our group only for about one year and left us in 2015.”. Arakan Army Deputy Commander Nyo Tun Aung instructs a class of recruits in emergency medical treatment. Over the years, Myanmar’s lawmakers and army personnel have publicly disdained how China is striving to keep the country unstable by engaging and funding the Burmese terrorist organisations. China supplying weapons to Arakan Army armed group to weaken India, Myanmar: Report. A military source with experience in South-East Asia confirmed that China is providing approximately 95 per cent of Arakan Army funding. The latter has been described as recently as 2015 as a “narco-army” that obtains weapons, including heavy artillery, surface-to-air missiles, and armored vehicles, from China . He was later sentenced to two years in prison for absconding before completing a nine-year sentence he had received in 1998. The NLD won all but one of the seven seats contested in the Danu SAZ. The Bureau of Special Investigations is acting as the plaintiff in the case against him under the Financial Institution Laws at the Hlaing township police station, where investigations are underway. A military source with experience in South-East Asia confirmed that China is providing approximately 95 per cent of Arakan Army funding. Police in Yangon have arrested a woman who they say was helping to fund the rebel Arakan Army (AA) by trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine tablets, a charge the group denies. According to military sources in Myanmar, approximately 95 per cent of Arakan Army funding comes from China. Now an independence struggle has started. Singapore’s 10 July 2019 announcement of the arrests of AA supporters raises questions about the outfit and its support among Rakhine Buddhists in … Police say she has been a recruiter and fundraiser for the group ever since, but the AA says she stopped working for them after a year. He further revealed that the Arakan Army has approximately 50 of the MANPADS (Man-Portable Air Defense Systems) surface-to-air missiles. The former UDP chair was sentenced on November 12 by the Chan Aye Tharzan court in Mandalay for absconding from prison 21 years ago. The Myanmar Army has often raised concerns over China’s continual supply of arms to the Arakan rebels with China refusing to mend its ways. Htein Lin responded that teaching Japanese is not a way to persuade anyone to convert to Christianity. Wirathu, an ultranationalist monk who has been charged with sedition under section 124(a) of the penal code, also turned himself in to the police on November 3, just six days before the election. While he didn’t explicitly mention China but the reference to “strong forces” clearly points fingers at China. Nehru’s massive strategic blunder – How Nehru gave Coco Islands to Burma that China later grabbed, Hagia Sophia is not the only one: Turkey has a shameful history of desecration, IAF slams Anil Kapoor and Netflix for objectionable language and inaccurate donning of uniform, Justifying Ravan’s abduction of Sita, Saif Ali Khan puts his next film in big trouble as netizens fume, In a bid to save Mi, Oppo and Vivo, Paid critics and SM users gave horrible reviews for Micromax IN series. The AA was created by the Kachin Independence Army at its headquarters at Laiza, on the Myanmar-China border, and its development has been fostered by the KIA and more recently the United Wa State Army. Arms brought in to Myanmar by China through Bangladesh Thousands of civilians have been displaced by clashes amid accusations of widespread human rights abuses. It is the military wing of the United League of Arakan (ULA). A military source with experience in South-East Asia confirmed that China is providing approximately 95 per cent of Arakan Army funding. We have to work within existing laws and regulations, and the monks have nothing to do with the election,” said USDP candidate Arkar Lin. Eight charged in Myanmar for 'funding Arakan Army' August 9, 2019 Share on facebook. Hayman Pyae is Reporter with Myanmar Now. She was an AA agent assigned to find recruits in Thailand, but never received military training or attained any rank, he said. We have to work within existing laws and regulations, and the monks have nothing to do with the election,” he told Myanmar Now. China flag. Privacy Policy Agreement * I agree to the Terms of use and Privacy Policy. World, ... which the international community has supported with funding and technical expertise." It is just T20s, PM Modi’s message to the Sikh community is very subtle but very clear, While a series of Chinese companies default, Indian companies show no such sign: How Indian economy beat China’s post-Pandemic, Sterlite 2.0: China and Indian Communists join hands to force iPhone manufacturing company Wistron out of India, How foreign venture capitalists enslaved Indian startups and eventually colonized them, Almost every agency has predicted that under PM Modi, India will become the fastest growing major economy in the world next year, For 6 decades DRDO was not up to the mark. He further revealed that the Arakan Army … Image Credit: ANI. The Myanmar military has justified its actions in 2017 as a response to a spate of attacks on police posts in Rakhine by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), an armed group. In 2019, the Indian Army conducted “Operation Sunrise” with the Burmese Army along Mizoram’s border to eliminate the Arakan rebels. Konzaydan Street, The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), also known by its former name Harakah al-Yaqin (meaning Faith Movement in English), is a Rohingya insurgent group active in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar.According to a December 2016 report by the International Crisis Group, it is led by Ataullah abu Ammar Jununi, a Rohingya man who was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and grew up in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. News reports published in Myanmar recently have accused China of supplying sophisticated arms to Arakan Army armed group, a declared terrorist organisation in Myanmar, and other armed groups in Myanmar to have an upper hand over India and Myanmar.. Officers found a total of 2.6 million tablets, worth over eight billion kyat ($5.25m) in the baggage holds of two highway buses that serve the route between Yangon and Sittwe. It was founded in 2009 and is closely allied with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), having its headquarters in KIA-controlled areas of … Myanmar recently also discovered a Chinese consignment allegedly for the Arakan Army which consisted of 500 assault rifles, 30 machine guns and 70,000 rounds of ammunition which doesn’t bode well for the stability of Myanmar, Licas News reported, “An object lesson in diplo-terrorism is the leverage over Myanmar and India that China gained by arming the Arakan Army, operating in the corridor from North-East India over Myanmar’s Chin and Rakhine states to the Indian Ocean.”. World South Asia 12 Sep 2020 UN council members urge halt to Myanmar-Arakan Army fighting. The Arakan Army (AA) is a relatively new addition to conflict in western Myanmar, a region that has seen much unrest in recent years. Myanmar President U Win Myint on Monday declared the Arakan Army (AA) ethnic armed group and its political arm the United League of Arakan as a unlawful association under section 16 of the 1908 Unlawful Association Act. Kyaw Myint, who is also known as Michael Kyaw Myint Hua Hu, was originally imprisoned for violating business laws in relation to the Myanmar Kyone Yeom Company, which he owned. “We have not said anything to the monks. Ethnic armed groups fighting for more autonomy in Myanmar’s border areas have long been accused of involvement in the country’s lucrative narcotics industry. The government has been embroiled for more than a year in an intermittent conflict with the well-trained and well-armed Arakan Army representing members of the area’s Rakhine ethnic group. The global funding for the Rohingyas may fall short as the non-government organisations' (NGO) activities have drastically decreased amid coronavirus pandemic. Arakan Army demands polls within 31 December, Tatmadaw welcomes the move. It is strategically beneficial for China to be in bed with the Arakan Army as it can exercise influence along the India-Myanmar border. Videos obtained by Myanmar Now show the monk telling villagers that if Arkar Lin’s rival wins the election, it would give rise to “wrong view” in religion and lead to delusion. A military source with experience in South-East Asia confirmed to Licas News that China is providing approximately 95 per cent of Arakan Army funding adding that the Arakan Army has approximately 50 of the MANPADS (Man-Portable Air Defense Systems) surface-to-air missiles. Pabedan Township, Yangon, Myanmar. The NLD candidate for Pindaya township says an influential monk turned voters against him because his wife is Christian. A military source with experience in South-East Asia confirmed to Licas News that China is providing approximately 95 per cent of Arakan Army funding adding that the Arakan Army has approximately 50 of the MANPADS (Man-Portable Air Defense Systems) surface-to-air missiles. China is supplying funds and sophisticated weaponry to armed groups in Myanmar and the Naypyitaw-designated terrorist group, the Arakan Army, to have leverage over Myanmar and India, Licas News reported. YANGON – “On 5 October, two boys were killed in Buthidaung Township, Rakhine State, in crossfire between the Tatmadaw and the Arakan Army. President Win Myint has sought to show he is tackling the trade, with officials ramping up announcements about drug seizures since he came to power last year. According to an ANI source, around 95 per cent of the Arakan Army’s funding is being provided by China, and the rebel group has approximately 50 MANPADS (Man-Portable Air Defense Systems) surface-to-air missiles. He returned to Myanmar in 2013 with the apparent blessing of the authorities and was able to live freely and run the UDP, as well as several businesses, despite his status as a fugitive. Although the monk did not refer to him by name, it was clear who he was talking about when he urged voters to support the rival Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) candidate, said Htein Lin. Under section 58(c) of the Election Law, it is illegal to invoke race or religion when campaigning for political office. Myanmar Now is an independent news service providing free, accurate and unbiased news to the people of Myanmar in Burmese and English. On October 31, one week before the election, Sayadaw U Pyanna Tharra, a senior monk at the Zawtikar Yone monastery in Pindaya, told his followers in the village of Innpetlet not to make a mistake when casting their votes. When we get the response, we’ll open a case,” said the township’s eastern police chief, Win Bo Oo. A military source with experience in South-East Asia confirmed that China is providing approximately 95 per cent of Arakan Army funding. These photos, taken in 2014, depict the life of Arakanese soldiers at the military training school. Kyaw Myint was initially charged under the Immigration Act at the Chan Aye Tharzan township court, but the case was dismissed because the court was not in his township of residence. Monks have about an 80-percent influence,” he said. As India stands up against China’s blind expansionist policy, after engaging with Pakistan based terror outfit, Al Badr to wreak havoc in Jammu and Kashmir, a paranoid Xi Jinping is now engaging with Burmese terrorists to derail crucial Indian projects in Myanmar much to the chagrin of Myanmar. Meanwhile, another man connected with the Ko Ni case is also facing trial after turning himself in this month. 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