June Justice Newsletter (June 2020)

Conflict Continues Amid the Pandemic, Fueling Insecurity and Unrest in Burma COVID-19 has continued to further expose the quickly deteriorating human rights situation in Burma. The escalation of fighting amid the pandemic has allowed more violations to take place with impunity. This month, conflict escalated in Rakhine State as several human rights groups released documentation on the extent of the alleged abuses, calling for immediate lifts on restrictions to humanitarian

Aung San Suu Kyi’s government must sign the UN torture convention and make it law, before the election

In 2017, soldiers in northern Shan state detained a Kachin man in his 50s who had been displaced by fighting and was working as an overnight guard at a tea factory. They accused him and five others from the factory of being Kachin Independence Army soldiers. Then they blindfolded him and took him to an unknown location, where they burned his knees with candles and made him kneel on the

May Justice Newsletter (May 2020)

May Justice Newsletter Ceasefire Declared, yet Clashes Continue Amid Pandemic On March 11 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. With 232 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Burma, response efforts have been slowed and interrupted by the Burma Army – who continue to ignore calls for a nationwide ceasefire to properly respond to the pandemic. While the Army declared a unilateral ceasefire from 10 May to 31

We're watching you, Myanmar

The global coronavirus pandemic has understandably dominated the attention of Asia and the entire world in recent months. But the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar has a message to send: our investigations are open and the virus will not blind us to ongoing crimes. Last month, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Ms Yanghee Lee, warned that “While the world is occupied with

Human Rights Watch calls for village destruction probe

At least 200 houses and other buildings were destroyed by fire in a conflict-ridden state in Myanmar in an incident that has “all the hallmarks” of previous military arson attacks on villages, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday. Let Kar village in Rakhine was mostly deserted when the buildings went up in flames on May 16 after the population of mainly ethnic Rakhine Buddhists fled more than a year ago,

Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar Bulletin

Message from the Head of the Mechanism The Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar (hereafter, “the Mechanism”) is up and running and working to fulfil its mandate to collect, consolidate, preserve and analyse evidence of serious international crimes and violations of international law committed in Myanmar since 2011. Since I took up my mandate on 1 July 2019, the Mechanism has recruited over half of its approved positions, with more staff

Myanmar Military Detains Soldiers Filmed Beating Rakhine Civilians

NAYPYITAW—The Myanmar military will take action against its personnel who were involved in the beating of five Rakhine civilians after it verified a viral video that captured the assault, military spokesman Brigadier-General Zaw Min Tun told The Irrawaddy. “That case is true. We have verified it. We have detained those involved [in the beating],” the military spokesperson said. Five men, who were identified by their relatives as ethnic Rakhine residents of Kyaukseik

April Justice Newsletter

April Justice Newsletter Health and human rights are interconnected and access to affordable and quality health care for all must be granted. As COVID-19 exposes Burma’s underfunded and ill-equipped health infrastructure, the health ministry has transformed public spaces to be used for quarantine sites and temporary medical facilities. However, concerns about the spread and containment of the virus has not ceased fighting. Despite the Burma Army’s financial donation of $1.6