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Myanmar's elected lawmakers eliminate ethnic armed organizations from list of terrorist groups Updated: 2021-03-18 10:08:47 KST

A committee representing Myanmar's elected lawmakers, who have been unable to take their seats in parliament following the February 1st coup, has announced that it will be removing all ethnic armed organizations from the country's list of terrorist groups and unlawful association.
The decision comes in the wake of continued violent crackdowns by the military on anti-coup protesters nationwide, which has now killed more than 200 people.
The Committee for Representing the Union Parliament issued a statement which condemned all arrests and detentions against the country's unlawful associations, as stipulated under Myanmar's Unlawful Associations Act.
It also explained that it considers such arrests and charges against the ethnic armed organizations that are fighting for national equity and self-determination as (quote) "illegitimate."
The committee also expressed its gratitude to such organizations for providing (quote) "care and protection" to civil servants participating in the anti-coup protests.
It also took to Twitter saying the evil must be repelled by united hands.
There are over 130 ethnic groups in Myanmar, who account for some 40 percent of the country's total population.
Since the country gained independence from Britain in 1948, the military has been clashing with ethnic minorities, who have long demanded more autonomy.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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