World Mass Graves Found in Myanmar Amid Alarm Over Human Rights Abuses

07:25  18 june  2021
07:25  18 june  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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The United Nations office in Myanmar cited abuses by both sides, calling for the respect of “international human rights norms.” The U.N. Voices Alarm Over the Growing Abuse of Civilians in Myanmar 's Conflict. Smoke rises from smoldering houses in Kinma village, Pauk township, Magwe division, central Myanmar , Wednesday June 16, 2021.

The newspaper reported seven bodies were found on June 11, one burnt and the others with hands tied behind their backs and the other 18 bodies were found the next day. read more. A video shared on social media that purports to record one of the killings shows a bound man being repeatedly stabbed before The United Nations in Myanmar said on Thursday it was alarmed by recent acts of violence that illustrated a "sharp deterioration of the human rights environment". It highlighted the discovery of the Myawaddy mass graves and the burning of Kin Ma village in Magway Region this week that

The United Nations expressed concern over human rights abuses Thursday after a mass grave was discovered in Myanmar. Twenty-five civilians were executed by the Karen National Defense Organization (KNDO), and government security forces burned down a village, according to reports.

a group of people walking down a street in front of a crowd: Protesters make the three-finger salute as they take part in a flash mob demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on June 14, 2021. The United Nations released a statement after reports of civilians executed and put into mass graves in Myanmar. © STR/AFP via Getty Images Protesters make the three-finger salute as they take part in a flash mob demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on June 14, 2021. The United Nations released a statement after reports of civilians executed and put into mass graves in Myanmar.

The KNDO is a political organization of the Karen ethnic minority that has sought more autonomy from the central government for decades. The military regime said the bodies were road construction workers who were detained and killed by the KNDO, according to the Associated Press. A KNDO spokesman told the Irrawaddy news service the men were spies for the government, not civilians.

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The UN's investigator into human rights in Myanmar has been barred from entering the country. Yanghee Lee had been due to visit in January to review Myanmar 's human rights , including alleged attacks on Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state. The government said it had banned her Ms Lee said the decision to block her suggested "something terribly awful" was happening in Rakhine. On Tuesday, Myanmar 's authorities said they found 10 bodies in a mass grave in a village there. Ms Lee last visited Myanmar in July, where she raised concerns over the treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine.

The UN General Assembly has approved a resolution condemning human rights abuses against Muslim Rohingya and other minorities in Myanmar . The resolution also calls on Myanmar to stop the incitement of hatred against the Rohingya and other minorities. Thousands of Rohingya were killed and more than The UN resolution passed on Friday expressed alarm at the continuing influx of Rohingya to Bangladesh over the past four decades "in the aftermath of atrocities committed by the security and armed forces of Myanmar ". It highlighted the findings of an independent international mission "of

The U.N. called on "all actors in the current crisis to ensure that international human rights norms and standards are respected."

It added, "This includes upholding the obligation to minimize collateral harm to civilians and to civilian infrastructure, and prohibiting the application of collective punishments against communities, families or individuals."

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below:

On Wednesday, the Karen National Union issued a statement saying it would form a team to investigate the incident, stating that the group "follows the Geneva Convention which does not condone the killing of civilians during armed conflict."

Video: First Nation leaders call for faster action on finding suspected graves of residential schoolchildren (Global News)

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Myanmar 's army said Sunday that a mass grave of 28 Hindus had been discovered in violence-wracked Rakhine state, blaming the killings on Muslim Rohingya militants. The announcement could not be independently verified in an region that has been seized by communal violence since Rohingya "Security members found and dug up 28 dead bodies of Hindus who were cruelly violently and killed by ARSA extremist Bengali terrorists in Rakhine State," a statement posted on the army chief's website said. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) is the group whose attacks on police posts

The Myanmar authorities have accused Muslim Rohingya militants of killing 28 Hindu villagers whose bodies were allegedly found in a mass grave . The military denies widespread reports it has committed atrocities, saying it only targeted those belonging to the militant Arakan Salvation Rohingya Army (Arsa) which launched the attacks. It will be the Arakanese who will be ousted from their ancestral land and if they cannot be won over in time, then there can be no hope of their salvation. Arakanese are referring to the rohingya here. Islam predates buddhism in the arakanese state

The statement added that action could be taken to prosecute any wrongdoing according to relevant laws, without providing specifics.

The U.N. statement called for "those responsible for human rights violations to be held accountable, including the perpetrators and their chain of command."

Tuesday's burning of Kinma village in the Magway Region of central Myanmar was also a matter of dispute.

A resident of the village confirmed to the AP accounts in independent media that government troops were responsible for burning down most of the village's roughly 250 houses, and that an elderly couple unable or unwilling to flee with the rest of the villagers were believed to have perished in the blaze. The villager spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals by the government.

Government-controlled media, however, reported that "terrorists" were responsible for the conflagration, charging that they had burned down the home of someone unsympathetic to their cause and that the wind had then spread the fire.

UN alarmed by abuse of civilians in growing Myanmar conflict

  UN alarmed by abuse of civilians in growing Myanmar conflict BANGKOK (AP) — The United Nations’ office in Myanmar expressed concern Thursday about escalating human rights abuses after reports that a group opposed to the junta may have executed 25 civilians it captured and allegations that troops had burned down a village. The struggle between the military regime that took power in February after ousting the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi and those opposing it has sharpened in recent months. © Provided by Associated Press An internally displaced woman sits inside her makeshift tent at Pu Phar Village, Demawso Township, Kayah State on Thursday June 17, 2021.

The Myanmar government regularly claims massacres like Gu Dar Pyin never happened, and has acknowledged only one mass grave containing 10 “terrorists” in the village of Inn Din. But the AP report seems to suggest a military slaughter of civilians and the presence of many more graves with many It is the newest piece of evidence for what looks increasingly like a genocide in Myanmar ’s western Rakhine state against the Rohingya, a long-persecuted ethnic Muslim minority in the predominantly Buddhist country. Myanmar has cut off access to Gu Dar Pyin, so it’s unclear just how many people

Myanmar Border Guard Police Maj. Zayar Nyein in northern Rakhine said the graves were discovered Sunday and contain bodies of 20 females and eight males, and that more bodies are believed to be buried. The government’s Information Committee said on its Facebook page that all eight were boys, including The government has said most of the hundreds of people who were killed were insurgents. The Information Committee said the 28 bodies were found in Yebawkya village of Maungdaw township, which was hardest hit by the violence. Read More: Will the Rohingya Exodus Be Aung San Suu Kyi’s

The government and its opponents each refer to the other side as "terrorists."

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