The Halkar Military Council has ordered 14 churches and schools to not gather more than 5 people.

Residents of Haha city in Chin state, where most Christians live, told RFA that the military council had ordered a local order to close shops in the new town area and limit gatherings of more than five people in churches from April 22. He said he issued a.

Shortly after 9 a.m. on April 12, a CDF team escorted the VIP convoy to a home in the New Town area. The military council’s order states that the restraining order was issued after some adults who attacked shops and churches seeking protection were injured.

He also said that the order will last until June 20 and that if it is not complied with, action will be taken according to the current law.

A Hakha resident, who requested anonymity for security reasons, told RFA that the information contained in the military council’s order was just an allegation and that the ban was unacceptable.

“They announced their acceptance and dismissal of shops, private homes, and churches in that order. We cannot accept that word of acceptance.”

The new city district is located between the office of the National Military Council and the minister’s official residence, and military council convoys must pass through this area on their way to and from the office.

There are 64 Christian churches in the city of Hakha, and 14 in the new district, where gatherings of more than five people are prohibited. According to local residents, more than 30 stores have closed.

Local residents claim that the military council’s order will affect the local economy and make it difficult for Christians who worship every Sunday.

Another Hakha resident, who requested anonymity, said the military council’s order was an order to suppress the people.

Residents of Haha said that doing this was oppressing people who had nothing to do with it.

“The important thing is to oppress the people, torment the people, to make the people suffer. For the people, there is manual labor and wages. If you have to work all day and eat all day, that is work. ‘It’s quite difficult. “

A Christian pastor in Hakha, who requested anonymity for security reasons, told RFA that he was preparing to ask the military council to ease the ban.

“At the moment, we need to relax. The main thing is the funeral, and also relaxing time to go to church regularly. If we really have to do it, we need to open the shop again. Why should I close my shop? There are three things that have to do with security, and I need to present them.”

Regarding these statements, RFA contacted the military council’s spokesperson for Chin State, Secretary of State Aung Kyaw, but he did not answer the phone.

“Not allowing more than five people to gather in a church is a gross violation of the right to worship.”

Sulai Man Hare Liang, administrative director of the Chin Human Rights Group, said the restriction on people not gathering at temples was a violation of the right to freedom of religion.

“Currently, due to fighting and shootings in the haka, we have banned religious churches. Not allowing more than 5 people in a church is an affront to banning religion. 5 people “We do not allow people to gather in church” which is a serious violation of the right to worship. ”

On April 12, the CDF Haha group attacked a convoy of military council ministers at an intersection in Xinshi District. Six people, including three ministers, were injured in the incident.

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