UN fears ‘mass atrocity crimes’ in northern Myanmar

UN particular rapporteur on Myanmar says he obtained info that tens of hundreds of troops and heavy weapons have been being moved into restive areas within the north and northwest.

The United Nations has stated it fears a better human rights disaster in Myanmar amid reviews of hundreds of troops massing within the north of the Southeast Asian nation which has been in chaos since a February coup.

UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Tom Andrews, who was presenting the findings of an annual human rights report on Myanmar to the UN General Assembly on Friday, stated he had obtained info that tens of hundreds of troops and heavy weapons have been being moved into restive areas within the north and northwest.

The findings, he stated, additionally indicated that the navy authorities had engaged in possible crimes in opposition to humanity and battle crimes.

“We should all be prepared, as the people in this part of Myanmar are prepared, for even more mass atrocity crimes. I desperately hope that I am wrong,” stated Andrews.

More than 1,100 civilians have been killed within the nation’s bloody crackdown on dissent and greater than 8,000 arrested because the coup, in response to a neighborhood monitoring group.

“These tactics are ominously reminiscent of those employed by the military before its genocidal attacks against the Rohingya in Rakhine State in 2016 and 2017,” Andrews added.

In 2017, about 740,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state after safety forces launched a clampdown that the UN has stated could quantity to genocide.

Andrews urged international locations to disclaim Myanmar’s navy the cash, weapons and legitimacy it desired, citing a prisoner launch earlier within the week as proof that stress was working.

On Monday, Myanmar’s navy chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing introduced the discharge of greater than 5,000 folks jailed for protesting in opposition to the coup.

The move got here simply days after the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) delivered a significant snub to the navy regime in excluding its head from an upcoming summit of the 10-country bloc.

Christine Schraner Burgener, the UN particular envoy for Myanmar, instructed Al Jazeera she fears a civil battle could escape within the nation.

“People are now equipped with iPhones and the main source of information in Myanmar is Facebook and Twitter,” she stated.

“They are very determined not to give up. And if they don’t give up, and if they are so angry to also use violence, then that the violence will create more violence” that will result in “a full-blown internal armed conflict”, Burgener added.

Andrews stated Myanmar forces had displaced 1 / 4 of one million folks. Many of those that had been detained have been tortured, he stated, together with dozens who had died because of this. He added that he had obtained credible reviews that youngsters had additionally been tortured.