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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2584

UN human rights experts deplored Myanmar for counter-insurgency operations targeting civilians

New York, 18 May, (Asiantribune.com): UN human rights experts in a joint statement has called on the Government of Myanmar to stop immediately counter-insurgency military operations targeting civilians in Northern Karen and Eastern Pegu areas, which have led to the forcible eviction and displacement of thousands of ethnic minority villagers. In a hard-hitting statement, human rights experts deplored the violence against unarmed civilians by the Myanmar military and call for action to ensure no further excessive use of force is employed against persons belonging to any community in Myanmar.

A statement to stop forthwith the violence against unarmed civilians by the Government of Myanmar was jointly issued by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro; the Independent Expert on minority issues, Gay McDougall; the Special Rapporteur on torture, Manfred Nowak; the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, Miloon Kothari; the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Jean Ziegler; and the Special Rapporteur on the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Paul Hunt.

”We call on the Government of Myanmar to take urgent measures to end the counter-insurgency military operations targeting civilians in Northern Karen and Eastern Pegu areas, which have led to the forcible eviction and displacement of thousands of ethnic minority villagers.”

The statement expressed deep concern about the widespread violence that has continued to spiral for the last six months in the Thandaung and Papun townships of Karen state as well as Kyaukgyi and Shwegyin townships of Pegu Division.

UN Human rights experts in their statement underlined, “The military allegedly acted with excessive use of force and fire arms. Homes were demolished and according to reports, residents have been offered neither alternative housing nor any form of compensation.”

“Other reports from various sources corroborate very serious allegations of unlawful killings, torture, rape and forced labor.”

They pointed out that the state of destitution in which many of the displaced persons are forced to live is alarming. “These difficulties are mainly linked to obstructed access to food, education, housing and health services” it was added.

“The continued insecurity both in the areas of origin as well as in those, to which the displaced persons have fled, is an additional source of concern.”

UN human rights experts in their statement deplored the violence against unarmed civilians by the Myanmar military and call for action to ensure no further excessive use of force is employed against persons belonging to any community in Myanmar.

They further said, “We remind the Government and non-State armed groups of their obligation to protect civilians from the effects of armed conflict and that the current government strategy of targeting civilians in the course of its military operations represents a willful abrogation of its responsibility under international humanitarian and human rights law. “

- Asian Tribune -

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