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Before our Very Eyes: Myanmar’s Military Junta commits Crimes Against Humanity while the International Community Fails to Act

July 29th, 2021  •  Author:   Burma Human Rights Network  •  2 minute read
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Since the 1 February 2021 military coup in Myanmar and subsequent widespread protests, the Burma Human Rights Network has carefully documented and analyzed crimes committed by the Tatmadaw against Burmese civilians as a part of its campaign to suppress political opposition to the coup. The reporting period for the crimes documented is February to May 2021. BHRN has also documented the growing humanitarian crisis in Myanmar, which is attributable to intentional actions by the Tatmadaw to deny access to medical care and block humanitarian aid from reaching those in need.

Based on its legal analysis, BHRN believes that there are reasonable grounds to conclude that the Tatmadaw has committed crimes against humanity, namely murder, imprisonment and other severe deprivations of liberty, enforced disappearance, torture, other inhumane acts, and persecution based on political identity.

The present report also analyzes the responses to date to the Tatmadaw’s brutal and violent crimes against the Burmese people by States, various United Nations actors and entities, and the National Unity Government. BHRN believes that more actions are needed from these individuals and entities and makes recommendations to them with the aim of bringing about an urgent end to the Tatmadaw’s reign of terror against the Burmese people, to ensure accountability for the crimes committed, and to provide critical, life-saving humanitarian assistance to the Burmese people.

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