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NUTA expresses solidarity with Buddhist of Myanmar despite of its role over sidelining Rohingyas

Colombo, 14 September, (Asiantribune.com):

Dr Channa Jayasumana - General Secretary of National University Teachers Association (NUTA) Sri Lanka, condemns international campaign against Myanmar Buddhists.

In an open letter address to Mr. Htin Kyaw , President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has drawn parallel to the present situation in Myanmar – to that of the situation that existed in Sri Lanka in 1970.

“Current situation in Rakhine is very much similar to the situation in late 1970s and early 1980s in northern part of the Sri Lanka where LTTE terrorists started their activities with the blessing of India, western governments and NGOs. Interestingly British are accountable for the unfolding tragedy in both countries through their divide and rule policies. “

NUTA stated that Sri Lanka and Myanmar has been maintaining a close cultural, political and economic relationship over a millennium. Both are two of the last remaining Theravada Buddhist countries.

The open letter circulated by the Association representing university academics in Sri Lanka, the National University Teachers’ Association went on to express, “We are closely monitoring the situation in Rakhine State, Myanmar over the last couple of weeks. We understood that pro-western media are intentionally distributing fabricated news and incorrectly captioning pictures to purposely dis-inform the international community about Myanmar Buddhists. We are concerned that the majority Buddhist Myanmar is getting an unfair and biased media coverage.”

It further stated, “We have noticed fake news posted on social media of events purporting to have occurred in Myanmar but actually happening in other places, which are now circulating via the internet. These intentionally fabricated news and photos are being used by international media, international human rights organizations, and certain governments and anti-Buddhist groups in an attempt to cause misunderstanding about Myanmar Buddhists.”

“As a responsible Association representing university academics in Sri Lanka, the National University Teachers’ Association unequivocally condemns attempt to ostracize the Myanmar government and Myanmar Buddhists. We stand in solidarity with the people of Myanmar in support of protecting Theravada Buddhism, sovereignty, territorial integrity and cultural identity of Myanmar - the public letter written to the President of Myanmar concludes.

The letter addressed to the President of Myanmar was handed over by members of National University Teachers’ Association (NUTA) Sri Lanka and representatives of Federation of National organizations in Sri Lanka to the Ambassador of Myanmar to Sri Lanka.

According to NUTA, the Ambassador has already forwarded the letter to the Ministry of Foreign affairs, Myanmar.

- Asian Tribune -

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