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Myanmar: Top militarists must be brought to trial for committing a crime against Rohingya's people.
The Military Responsibility for crimes against humanity in Rakhine State, Myanmar, demands that the Myanmar case be brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for inquiry and prosecu. "Myanmar's Myanmar military personnel, roguish troops or troops, were not responsible for the blast of force - which included killing, raping, torture, cremation and enforced hunger - committed in Myanmar's north Rakhine states.
Anyone who has bloody palms - including Mother General Min Aung Hlaing - must be accountable for their part in monitoring or conducting acts of crime against humanitarianism and other serious breaches of public policy under public law. It provides new detail on the Myanmar military's commando and force operations, the arrest of the Burmese police, forced disappearance and the torturing of Rohingya men and young people in the immediate aftermath of the outbreak of the present war.
This also contains the most in-depth information to date on the abuse by the Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) Army's armoured group before and after it started co-ordinated assaults on military bases on 25 August 2017. These include the killing of persons from various ethnical and faith based groups in the north of Rakhine State and the deliberate killing and kidnapping of alleged Rohingya-informers.
On the basis of more than 400 in-depth interviewing and a wealth of evidentiary material, among them satelite images, authenticated photos and video as well as forum and weapon analyses, the new article provides shocking details of the pattern of injuries caused during the military's "evacuation operations" following the ARSA assaults.
This documentary shows how the Army High Command has deployed some of its toughest combat regiments, which are notorious for injuries elsewhere in the land, on the front and in the center of the operation in North Rakhine State. That had catastrophic effects on the Rohingya people. At some Rohingya towns, the arriving army commander made their plans clear from the beginning.
On August 20, 2017, five and a half day before most of the fighting broke out, a LID 33 camp commandant in Chut Pyin, Rathedaung parish, gathered with Rohingya guides from the surrounding towns. In addition, the document addresses the wide-spread and systemic attacks on the Rohingya people, among others in large acts of massacre in each of the three townships - Chut Pyin, Min Gyi and Maung Nu.
The Rohingya men, woman and child were assassinated - tied up and simply hanged; gunned and slaughtered while they ran away; or burnt in their houses - although one never knows exactly how many died in the war. Rohingya woman and girl were also violated by the police, both in their village and on the run to Bangladesh.
This organisation recorded sexually assaulted people in 16 different places in all three Rakhine State provinces. It was a common practise that terrorised Rohingya groups and contributed to the drive from the north of Rakhine state. At least one of the villages was hit by fire and rapes were abandoned.
In the midst of increasing tension before the August 25th and subsequent terrorist attack, Myanmar's Myanmar police captured and imprisoned several hundred Rohingya men and men from communities in the north of Rakhine State. Rohingya men and young men were often badly beat during arrests and then taken to Border Guard Police (BGP) bases, where they were kept in solitary confinement for a few months or even more.
A number of Rohingya men arrested at the Taung Bazar BGP camp described that their mustaches were washed up. The Rohingya men and two young men who were being kept at the Zay Di Pyin BGP basis described that they were refused nourishment and drinking and they were hit to the bone; and in many cases their genitalia were burnt until they had blisters.
Several prisoners died in prison as a result of tortures, among them a 20-year-old man who was bludgeoned to his deaths with a wood board after asking for it. Twenty-five days later, the Myanmar government has not yet provided information on who is still in prison, where they are being detained and under what circumstances.
Such arrests constitute indiscriminate imprisonment under transnational laws. Fighting divisions - which perpetrated the overwhelming bulk of the Rohingya offences - have stringent obligations to report on their movement, operations and use of arms, information that older commander knew or should have known. In addition, leading army commandants, among them Snr. General Min Aung Hlaing, traveled to the state of Rakhine just before or during the ethnical purge to monitor parts of the operations.
There is also enough proof to demand an inquiry into whether some or all were directly engaged in the design, ordering or commission of murders, rapes, tortures and cremations of communities. In the face of increasing global pressures, the Myanmar government last months announces the creation of an "independent commission of inquiry" to examine accusations of violation of human freedoms.
Earlier inquiries by the Rakhine state governments and the army for abuse only serve to euphemise acts of atrocity. It is important that the world is not deceived by this latest effort to protect offenders from being held accountable. Instead, it must put an end to years of unpunished life and make sure that this sinister story never recurs in Myanmar's recent past.
"This latest effort to protect offenders from being held accountable should not deceive the world. Instead, it must put an end to years of unpunished life and make sure that this sinister story never recurs in Myanmar's recent history," said Matthew Wells. "Myanmar's Security Council must stop making policy and bring the Myanmar issue to the attention of the ICC as a matter of urgency, put in place a full weapons ban on Myanmar and introduce specific funding penalties against high-ranking civil servants for serious injuries and atrocities.
"It is important that the UN Human Rights Council be used by the global body to establish a system for the collection and retention of proof for further prosecutions.