Myanmar: Military attempts to whitewash crimes against humanity targeting Rohingya

  • Amnesty International is calling on Australia to cut ties with the Myanmar military.

In response to findings released overnight after the Myanmar military’s internal investigation into violence in northern Rakhine State since 25 August, James Gomez, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said:

“Once again, Myanmar’s military is trying to sweep serious violations against the Rohingya under the carpet.

“With more than 600,000 women, men and children having fled Rakhine State in recent months fearing for their lives, there is overwhelming evidence that the military has murdered and raped Rohingya and burned their villages to the ground. After recording countless stories of horror and using satellite analysis to track the growing devastation, we can only reach one conclusion: these attacks amount to crimes against humanity.

“The Myanmar military has made clear it has no intention of ensuring accountability; it’s now up to the international community to step up to ensure these appalling abuses do not go unpunished.

“The full extent of the violations against the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities will not be known until the UN Fact-Finding Mission and other independent observers are given unfettered access to Myanmar, and in particular Rakhine State.”

Meanwhile, Amnesty International is calling on Australia to cut ties with the Myanmar military.

“While a campaign of ethnic cleansing is being committed against the Rohingya people, the Australian Government must suspend all forms of support to Myanmar’s military,” Amnesty International Australia’s Crisis Campaigner Diana Sayed said.

“What will it take for our Government to draw a line in the sand with the Myanmar military so as not be complicit in crimes against humanity in our region?”

For more of Amnesty International’s work on the situation in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State, please see: