23 May, 2020 -- London, UK -- Local residents and parliamentarians said that the Burmese army burnt down 202 houses in Lakka Village, located 7 miles north of Mrauk U Township in Rakhine State at around 1 pm on May 16. According to eyewitnesses, villagers from Bu Ywat Manyo Village, troops departed from Tain Nyo village in Mrauk-U Township and on the way to Lakka Village soldiers opened fire with heavy artillery from a close distance hitting their houses before burning down all the houses in the village. These eyewitnesses identified the soldiers as belong to Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) 8 under Burma Army's 44th Division. Lakka Village is populated Rakhine Buddhist and Burma Army accused the villagers link with Arakan Army.
Burmese Army continues
“Despite Burma facing a case at the International Court of Justice, the Burmese Army continues to disregard international law and the lives of civilians. These most recent attacks on civilians must be met with outcry from the international community and demands that attacks on civilians must stop immediately. The world can no longer remain silent and fail the most vulnerable” said BHRN Executive Director, Kyaw Win.
London, UK -- Following the announcement of the first confirmed cases of Covid-19 among Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, BHRN calls on Bangladesh to restore internet access in refugee areas and for all relevant authorities to take further measures to prevent the spread of the virus in the densely populated refugee community. Currently, four Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have tested positive for the highly contagious virus and activists fear if it spreads further it will be devastating to the population.
The right to internet access for everyone in order to exercise their rights to freedom of expression and opinion is a fundamental human right that every state has a responsibility to ensure. Because of this Bangladesh must make sure internet access is available and the state must not restrict access, especially in this uncertain time of global pandemic,” said BHRN Executive Director, Kyaw Win.
London, UK -- Burma Human Rights Network calls on the international community to intervene in the conflict in Rakhine State between the Burmese Army and the Arakan Army, as fighting continues to cause death and suffering to the civilian population. This comes despite praise for the military by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, who issued a statement on 23 April applauding soldiers for protecting civilians.
“The International Community must take steps to initiate a ceasefire between the Arakan Army and the Burmese Military to prevent further death and suffering among the civilian population. In doing so Burma must also be held accountable for continued attacks on civilians in Rakhine and Chin States and violations to the provisional measures ordered by the International Court of Justice. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s statements show that the Burmese government has no connection to reality and that the future of the conflict will disregard the safety of civilians while claiming they were a priority,” Said BHRN’s executive director, Kyaw Win.
ကမန္မ်ားသည္ အသိအမွတ္ျပဳခံရသည့္ လူမ်ိဳးစုျဖစ္ေသာ္လည္း ခြဲျခားဆက္ဆံမႈကိုခံေနရသည္။
ကမန္မ်ားသည္ အသိအမွတ္ျပဳခံရသည့္ လူမ်ိဳးစုျဖစ္ေသာ္လည္း ခဲြျခားဆက္ဆံမႈကို ခံေနရသည္။ ျမန္မာ့လူ႔အခြင့္အေရးကြန္ယက္သည္ ၂၀၁၂ အဓိကရုဏ္းအတြင္း အိုးအိမ္စြန္႔ခြာ ထြက္ေျပးခဲ့ၾကရေသာ ကမန္မြတ္စလင္မ်ားစြာႏွင့္ ေတြ႔ဆံုေမးျမန္းမႈမ်ား ျပဳလုပ္ခဲ့သည္။ ကမန္လူမ်ိဳးမ်ားသည္ ျမန္မာအစိုးရ၏ အသိအမွတ္ျပဳခံထားရသည့္ တိုင္းရင္းသားလူမ်ိဳးစု ျဖစ္ေသာ္လည္း ဆိုးရြားတဲ့ ခြဲျခားဆက္ဆံမႈမ်ားႏွင့္ နိုင္ငံသားဆိုင္ရာ အကန္႔အသတ္မ်ားကို ဆက္လက္ရင္ဆိုင္ေနရဆဲ ျဖစ္သည္။ ကမန္လူမ်ိဳးမ်ားအား ဘာေၾကာင့္သူတို႔ေနအိမ္မ်ားသို႔ ျပန္သြားခြင့္မျပဳသနည္း။ ျမန္မာအစိုးရအေနျဖင့္ ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာမ်ားအေပၚ သူတို႔၏ မူဝါဒမ်ားသည္ ဘာသာေရးႏွင့္ လံုးဝမသက္ဆိုင္ေၾကာင္း ထပ္ခါတလဲလဲေျပာဆိုခဲ့သည္။ သို႔ေသာ္ ေက်ာက္ျဖဴႏွင့္ ေျမပံုတြင္ တိုင္းျပည္တြင္ အသိအမွတ္ျပဳခံထားရေသာ ကမန္လူမ်ိဳးမ်ားအေပၚ ခြဲျခားဖိႏွိပ္ေသာ မူဝါဒမ်ားကို အသံုးျပဳသည္ကို ေတြ႔ရသည္။ ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္ရွိ မြတ္စလင္မဟုတ္ေသာ လူနည္းစုမ်ားသည္ ဖိႏွိပ္ခ်ဳပ္ျခယ္ေသာ မူဝါဒမ်ားႏွင့္ ရင္မဆိုင္ရေသာေၾကာင့္ ခြဲျခားဆက္ဆံျခင္းသည္ ဘာသာေရးကို အေျခခံသည္မွာ ထင္ရွားသည္။