Po­lice ar­rest vice chair of ABSDF, two oth­ers

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ACT­ING on a com­plaint from the Tat­madaw’s (mil­i­tary’s) North­ern Com­mand, po­lice have ar­rested three peo­ple for un­law­ful as­so­ci­a­tion, in­clud­ing the vice chair of north­ern chap­ter of the All Burma Stu­dents’ Demo­cratic Front (ABSDF), in Mohnyin town­ship, Kachin State.

Aung Swe Oo, vice chair of the north­ern ABSDF, Maung Oo, and Ko Than Htike Aung were ar­rested in Ywar Thit Kone vil­lage in Mohnyin town on Fri­day, and they were re­manded on Satur­day, ac­cord­ing to U Kyaw Moe San, of the lo­cal chap­ter of the 88 Gen­er­a­tion Peace and Open So­ci­ety.

Po­lice took the three into cus­tody un­der the Un­law­ful As­so­ci­a­tion Act sec­tion 17(1) be­cause they stayed in an area un­der the con­trol of the Kachin In­de­pen­dence Army (KIA) with­out per­mis­sion. Cap­tain Thiha Soe of the Kha La Ya 15 in­fantry bat­tal­ion in Mohnyin, filed the com­plaint.

“We’ve heard that they will be trans­ferred to My­itky­ina on Mon­day,” said U Kyaw Moe San.

“Aung Swe Oo went to read out a ‘re­lease no­ti­fi­ca­tion’ for ABSDF mem­ber Naing Tun Tun who had died in Mohnyin town, and he had a let­ter of per­mis­sion to travel. He was ar­rested just be­fore he re­turned, Salai Yaw Aung, who is on the group’s cen­tral com­mit­tee, said.

The front is an armed group that has signed the gov­ern­ment’s Na­tional Cease­fire Agree­ment (NCA) and is no longer on the un­law­ful as­so­ci­a­tions list of the Home Af­fairs Min­istry.

Aung Swe Oo was one of those who signed the NCA on be­half of the front.

In a state-level cease­fire agree­ment, the gov­ern­ment and the front agreed that the group’s mem­bers would be al­lowed to travel with­out arms to other ar­eas ex­cept zones where ABSDF troops are based.

The front is based in KIA-con­trolled Laiza town. The KIA has not signed the NCA.

“I think our com­rades in the north were tar­geted. We are a le­gal or­gan­i­sa­tion. It is due to their liv­ing in Laiza, which the KIA con­trols,” said Salai Yaw Aung.

The ar­rests shouldn’t have hap­pened, and the group has asked the Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and Peace Cen­tre, Joint Mon­i­tor­ing Com­mit­tee and Peace Com­mis­sion to help set­tle the mat­ter, he said.

It should be solved ac­cord­ing to the NCA. The travel rights and se­cu­rity of north­ern stu­dents need to be dis­cussed with the gov­ern­ment, he said.

In De­cem­ber 2016, Min Htay of the front’s north­ern cen­tral com­mit­tee was ar­rested by the mil­i­tary and held for eight months on the charge of hav­ing KIA con­nec­tions. Mo­mauk town­ship court found him not guilty and re­leased him in Septem­ber 2017.

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