BURMA/MYANMAR: Ongoing Attacks Against Civilians and Faltering Peace Process

In March 2018, United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, expressed concern that the peace process was “losing its momentum.” Ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) stated this was largely due to a lack of trust in the Tatmadaw – the Burmese military – who continue to impede peace talks, flout provisions of the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA), commit human rights abuses, and violate international law. Meanwhile, the government’s attacks on press freedom and human rights defenders who document these abuses – see Attacks on the media section below – ensures that a culture of impunity can continue to flourish.

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