Press release by the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT)

A new briefing paper released today by KWAT provides an update of human rights violations by the regime’s security forces in urban and rural areas of Kachin State and Muse District of northern Shan State during April and May, 2021.

Security forces have continued to use live ammunition against unarmed protesters, killing two men, in Bhamo and Hpakant. They have also continued hunting out activists in urban areas, arresting sixty-one people during the two months, including NLD members, doctors, journalists, and youth leaders.

In rural areas, in response to losses inflicted by the KIA, the regime’s forces have stepped up brutal reprisals against civilians, including torture, arbitrary shooting, and shelling of residential areas.

Youth in Myitkyina, Mohnyin and Kamaing have been arbitrarily arrested and tortured for suspected links to the KIA. This included three boys returning from playing football, who were detained in a military base for 12 days, beaten in the head with guns and burned with cigarettes.

Escalated shelling along the Dawhpumyang-Momauk highway in southeast Kachin State has killed nine villagers and injured fifteen, including three children. This was in direct retaliation for KIA gains in the area, including the recapture of the Alaw Bum mountaintop base on March 25, and the shooting down of a regime helicopter on May 3.

The attacks on civilians have caused large-scale displacement, with over 6,000 new IDPs fleeing to Momauk and Bhamo towns. Their former homes are now occupied by Burma Army troops from the notorious elite infantry divisions 77, 88 and 99, who have been looting villagers’ property, livestock and food.

KWAT is calling for economic and diplomatic sanctions on the illegitimate coup regime, and for a global arms embargo and no-fly zone over Burma. Neighbouring countries, including China, are urged to stop the regime from using their airspace to launch attacks.

KWAT urges foreign governments to endorse the National Unity Government as the legitimate government of Burma, and requests international donors to provide humanitarian aid cross-border to the IDPs in ethnic areas.

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Moon Nay Li (+66 85233791)

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Deadly reprisals: regime steps up attacks on civilians in retaliation for conflict losses in northern Burma

A new briefing paper released today by KWAT provides an update of human rights violations by the regime’s security forces in urban and rural areas of Kachin State and Muse District of northern Shan State during April and May, 2021.

 

 

 

 

Download full PDF version of report in [English]

Refugees in Kayah State suffering from food shortages

This picture taken on June 1, 2021 shows people taking refuge in a jungle area in Demoso, Kayah state, after they fled from conflict zones where fighting between the Myanmar military and members of the People’s Defence Force (PDF) took place as the country remains in turmoil after the February military coup. Photo: AFP

A member of a local refugee relief team told Mizzima that tens of thousands of refugees in Kayah State are currently facing food shortages.

Relief teams are sending food as far as they can reach but refugees West of Demawso, Daw Nga Kha Kone Thar 4 mile, Loi Nam Fa and Shan-Kayah border are out of reach for relief teams and are facing a lack of rice and provisions, there is also a high price and scarcity of commodities in the vicinity.

Due to military attacks against refugee camps in the eastern part of Demawso, Loi Yin and Moe Byel, refugees have been forced to flee to different places. In addition, the military burnt food left over from the camps when refugees fled according to an official.

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“Weekly Update on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar Post-Coup” (June 7 -13) 2021

“Weekly Update on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar Post-Coup”
The number of those displaced is increasing steadily in Myanmar as civilians are forced to face a crisis on multiple fronts – all of which put their livelihoods in jeopardy. ASEAN and international bodies must do more for the people.
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Statement by the United Nations in Myanmar on the humanitarian situation in the south-east

(Yangon): The United Nations in Myanmar is concerned about the rapidly deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Kayah State and other areas in southeastern Myanmar.

Recent violence in Kayah State, including indiscriminate attacks by security forces against civilian areas, has led to the internal displacement of an estimated 100,000 men, women and children. Many of them are currently seeking safety in host communities and forests across Kayah and southern parts of neighboring Shan state. This crisis could push people across international borders seeking safety, as already seen in other parts of the country.

The United Nations reiterates its earlier calls for all parties to urgently take the necessary measures and precautions to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, particularly protected objects such as medical units and personnel, and to adhere to the fundamental principles of distinction, necessity, proportionality and protection.

People fleeing and those remaining in locations affected by ongoing hostilities are in urgent need of food, water, shelter, fuel and access to healthcare. The United Nations and its partners have humanitarian supplies, including food, shelter materials and other basic relief items ready to be deployed to complement the local response, which has been immediate, but insufficient to address all needs, particularly for those persons in remote locations. Ongoing insecurity, travel restrictions imposed by security forces, and poor road conditions, however, are delaying the delivery of these supplies.

The United Nations calls on the security forces to allow safe passage of humanitarian supplies and personnel and to facilitate the direct provision of relief assistance by the UN and its partners to all those in need in Kayah, as well as other states and regions across the country where there are urgent humanitarian needs.

The United Nations reiterates the Secretary General’s call for a global ceasefire made in March 2020 and to join forces to respond to the growing risk of another outbreak of COVID-19 and other humanitarian and health challenges.

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Junta raids spark new, lethal clashes in Yinmabin Township

An 18-year-old PDF member and a 20-year-old woman are killed in the fighting, and five regime soldiers are detained by the local resistance

Two locals were killed during renewed fighting between the local People’s Defence Force (PDF) and the regime military in Sagaing Region’s Yinmabin Township.

Following one of the clashes, the PDF detained five junta soldiers, according to a member of the local force.

At around 10am on Sunday, the military tried to raid the 800-household village of Si Hlaung, two miles from Yinmabin town, and were met by PDF resistance.

PDF member Yin Maung, 18, was killed in the battle that ensued. Five soldiers were apprehended by the locals and taken prisoner.

“The soldiers chased and shot at people and then they were separated from the other troops. The villagers surrounded them in a salt pit outside of the village. For now, we have detained them,” a PDF member told Myanmar Now, adding that the Myanmar military had not contacted them regarding the status of the soldiers.

The local PDF was stationed on a hill near Si Hlaung when the raid occurred. Heavy artillery fire from the army forced them to retreat.

“We retreated because our force was not as strong as theirs. When we retreated, one of us was shot,” the PDF member said, referring to Yin Maung. “He was hit twice by bullets. First, he was shot in the hand. Then, he was shot in the head while he was being carried away.”

He added that during the fighting in Si Hlaung, members of PDF chapters from nearby villages came to support them.

One day earlier on June 5, a 20-year-old woman was shot dead while fleeing on a motorcycle during a junta raid in Banbwe village, also in Yinmabin.

Fighting has been ongoing around Yinmabin since June 4. In addition to Si Hlaung and Banbwe, the army also recently raided the villages of Kansu, and Winkon.

As a result of the fighting, hundreds of residents in and around Si Hlaung have fled their homes. Two houses have reportedly been burned down.

In early April, villagers in the Yinmabin villages of Kapaing and Thabyayaye were among the first to resist the junta’s attacks by fighting back with traditional handmade guns.

Because of fighting in April and May, more than 10,000 civilians from Yinmabin and Kani townships have been forced to flee to other areas.

Myanmar Now