Myanmar has been a country under siege since the military coup of 1 February. We are seeing a surge in people being detained, injured and killed – with no apparent attempt to rein in the use of deadly force as the Myanmar military attempts to silence protests across the country.
For years, the Tatmadaw (the name of Myanmar’s military) have acted with impunity in ethnic minority areas. Now we can see them using the same tactics on-camera in cities. Each day that countries like Australia sit on their hands, the Tatmadaw appear increasingly brazen.
Amnesty has previously implicated Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the coup leader, in atrocity crimes. The harrowing scenes unfolding across Myanmar shows mounting evidence of more textbook brutality under his command. Everything we know about the Tatmadaw’s command structure, and the absence of any calls for restraint from his office, raises questions that must be answered.
Australia and the world needs to be doing more to protect the human rights of the people in Myanmar. Those who have violated the rights of others for years must be held accountable and brought to justice.
Demand Australia lead the calls in multilateral forums for targeted financial sanctions against Myanmar’s military chief Min Aung Hlaing and other senior officials responsible for atrocity crimes, and for the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court.
Look who’s taking action now:
The Hon. Marise Payne
Minister for Foreign Affairs
PO Box 6100
Canberra ACT 2600