The arrest of a Karen political rights activist Naw Ohn Hla is causing challenges for Karen people on the building of peace process said International Karen Organisation.
Naw Ohn Hla, a Karen political rights activist and former political prisoner was arrested for organizing the commemoration of 69th Karen martyrs day. The ceremony is to mark the day, the fallen of Karen hero Saw Ba U Gyi. The event took place in Maha Bandoola Park, Yangon.
Karen leaders and Karen National Union ( KNU) founders Saw Ba U Gyi and Major-General Saw Sai Kay were killed in an ambush by the Burmese Army on August 12. 1950, near Toh Kaw Koe Village in Kawkareik Township.
Following the event police in Kyauktada Township of Yangon have taken action against Naw Ohn Hla, who is also head of Karen Women Union (KWU) and other two Karen youth for using the word "Martyrs". The Burmese authorities did not allow them of using the word. They were charged for violating the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law.
"We understood that this Myanmar government or Myanmar army actions does not support the current peace process," Mahn San Lwin, a spokesperson of IKO said in an interview with SBS Karen Program, "this is not a good sign while both sides are trying to build understanding of each other."
The Karen National Union (KNU) is one of an ethnic group that signed Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).
More than 70 years of the country's political conflicts are because of the ruling government's lack of respect and not recognizing other ethnic group history, cultures and traditions, and "the current action clearly prove it," he said.
Karen groups, including Karen National Union, International Karen Organisation, Karen Peace Support Network and Karen Human Rights Group are demanding the withdrawal of the charges against them and release them immediately.