Imphal: The National Unity Government of Myanmar, which is a government in exile, has issued a public notice to migrants from Myanmar to keep away from political and administrative matters of India, where they are taking temporary shelter. This call by the Myanmar government in exile comes after reports surface of Myanmar migrants’ involvement in the Manipur ethnic riots.
The statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar, asked the Myanmar nationals to refrain from any act that is prejudicial to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India.
The statement also asked the Myanmar nationals to be cautious and avoid unnecessary involvement in political and administrative matters (eg. Political parties election campaigns, and ethnic-based conflicts).
National Unity Government of Myanmar also asked its citizens, who are taking temporary shelter in India, to live in harmony and appropriately with host communities and follow the religious and social rules regulated in the wards or villages where they are residing.
The statement also instructed Myanmar migrants to not get involved in drug smuggling and in wild animals related matters.
Reports say that the unprovoked war against Meitei (composed mainly of Hindus) community are carried out by Myanmar migrants who have been staying illegally in the state for the past two or three decades.
Various civil societies have blamed the Myanmar nationals of fomenting and carrying out attacks against Meitei members.
The Manipur ethnic conflict and attack against Meitei began after a rally organized by All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) on May 3, 2023. The clashes have left 100 dead and displaced 70,000 people in the state. The attacks against Meitei community are still being continued by members of Chin-Kuki-Mizo-Zo communities.
It must be noted that the ethnic based attacks began a day after the government began Facial Recognition System to detect undocumented migrants in the state on May 2, 2023.
The National Unity Government of Myanmar is a government in exile formed by group of elected lawmakers and members of Parliament who were disposed following the military coup in 2021. The European Parliament recognizes the National Unity Government as the legitimate government of Myanmar.