June 27, 2020
We are deeply concerned by the reports of the Myanmar Military’s clearance operations along the Kyauktan village tract in Rathedaung Township, Rakhine State and the worsening humanitarian and security situation in Rakhine and southern Chin State.
We are aware of the historic impacts of such operations disproportionately affecting civilians. Access for humanitarian organisations must be allowed to provide appropriate response, particularly as communities respond to COVID19 and the monsoon season.
The protection of civilians, their property and livelihoods by all parties must be prioritised. The fleeing of villagers along the Kyuaktan village tract will further contribute to Rakhine’s already significant and increasing internally displaced population. We are aware of reports of burning of property, shelling and the arrests of villagers. We call on all armed actors to exercise restraint while in areas inhabited by local communities, some of whom may not, by no fault of their own, be able to seek refuge elsewhere.
Civilians continue to bear the brunt of the conflict in Rakhine and Chin States. Dialogue between armed actors is urgently needed. The Myanmar Military has obligations under international law and to implement the International Court of Justice (ICJ) provisional measures.
Embassies of Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.