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Amnesty: Fresh evidence of violations amid ongoing military operation in Myanmar

  • Published at 12:03 pm February 11th, 2019
File photo: A group of Rohingya refugee people walk in the water after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf, Bangladesh Reuters

The claim follows calls by a UN Fact-Finding Mission for the criminal investigation of senior Myanmar officials

Amnesty International  has reported fresh evidence of human rights violations during the ongoing military operation in Rakhine State, Myanmar.

In a report published on its website, on Monday, Amnesty International said Myanmar security forces have shelled villages and blocked civilians from accessing food and humanitarian assistance in Rakhine State; amid a crackdown on armed attacks by the Arakan Army in early January.

Tirana Hassan, director of Crisis Response at Amnesty International, said: “These latest operations are yet another reminder that the Myanmar military operates without any regard for human rights. Shelling inhabited villages and withholding food supplies are unjustifiable under any circumstances.”

“Despite international condemnation of the Myanmar military’s atrocities, all evidence suggests that they are brazenly committing yet more serious abuses,” she said.

The report further read that the violations come after a UN Fact-Finding Mission called for the criminal investigation and prosecution of senior Myanmar officials; for crimes—under international law—against the Rohingya population in Rakhine State, and against ethnic minorities in the Kachin and northern Shan States.