With the post-coup crisis in Myanmar in the third month, security forces led by the coup leader Lieutenant General Min Aung Hlaing show no signs of easing in the brutal suppression of anti-coup protests. has erupted across the country since early February. . Despite their large numbers, the protesters took high discipline and were moderate. Only after security forces began to use excessive and lethal force, a handful of them used handcrafted weapons like Molotov cocktails and obsolete shotguns for self-defense, with many realizing that armed protest is theirs. Only options remain.
If security forces show little respect for international norms in the treatment of civilians and activists, equally worrying is the response from the international community in the face of what. is quickly becoming “blood bath,“In the words of Christine Schraner Burgener, the UN special envoy to Myanmar. In other words, although the people of Myanmar are the ones who must accept all of these atrocities, the fact that they are happening and the perpetrators still do not waver shows the collective failure of the national community. in maintaining the standards it has committed to itself, and sending a very dangerous message to the current strong and will be the strong. As Many people have now warned, with the increasingly realistic possibility of the country plunging into a full-blown civil war, kind of worse than we have seen in the past 70 years, time is running out for the international community to take action. .
The international community must awaken to the depth and extent of the dynasty of terror that Min Aung Hlaing launched in a ruthless attempt to crush the opposition and assert his right to rule illegally and unconstitutional. . His security forces have been given the freedom to kill unarmed civilians, arrest and torture people at will, plunder and destroy private property.
According to the monitoring organization of the Association for Support of Political Prisoners (AAPP), as of April 21, the military’s security forces had killed at least 739 civiliansSome were murdered in the most horrifying ways. Among the dead there are 50 kidsC & ocirc; ng; The latest victim is a 7 year old girlwho was shot dead at her home in Mandalay. As report of the Myanmar Now investigation magazine, there have been a number of documented cases in which an activist arrested overnight died the next morning. In another but certainly not exceptional incident, an armed police officer alarmed a passer-by to crawl on his arms and knees. how to eliminate humanity.
Hitherto, at least 3,331 peopleState Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint and other elected MPs, politicians, student leaders and human rights activists, remain are in detention, some in undisclosed locations. Particularly on March 27, at least 114 civilians 44 towns across the country have been killed by authorities. The Junta forces had gone so far excavation and pulling away corpses. On March 28, they burn a man is alive.
Before the coup, United Nations investigators found genocidal intentions in the security forces’ crimes against the Rohingya, led by the same General Min Aung Hlaing. In the so-called “clearance operations” in August 2017, At least 6,700 people were killed, mass rape and arson committed, and more than 700,000 people were forced escaped to Bangladesh.
Furthermore, the United Nations Truth Seeking Mission report in September 2018 that the military may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in the states of Kachin, Shan and Rakhine, and in April 2020, the United Nations Special Rapporteur report that “War crimes and crimes against humanity are possible in the states of Rakhine and Chin.” Myanmar is facing today genocide for violence at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Due to going on bombing in the air and offense targeting civilians and their facilities across the country, thousands of Karen are fleeing to neighboring Thailand, where an emergency humanitarian situation has occurred.
All this means that Min Aung Hlaing and his State Administrative Council (SAC) are rapidly turning Myanmar into a “land without human rights”. From mass killings to torture, arbitrary arrest of killing children to shooting at emergency doctors for the wounded, almost everything in the Bill of Rights is violated or under threat. In border areas where ethnic armies fought for their rights autonomy Over the past 70 years, his force airstrikes have been deliberately targeting civilians and facilities, adding to war crimes and crimes against humanity against ethnic minorities. numbers, and the genocide or ethnic cleansing crime committed by the military against the Rohingya.
For foreign countries claiming that they have a policy of only working with “countries” rather than “governments” – if they mean that SAC is the state in question – then they must confirm correct your reality. The SAC cannot even fulfill its basic duties as a state, namely providing security to its people. It also failed to provide basic services like health care to many of the civil servants who joined the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) to protest an increasingly bloody, illegal and illegal coup. of the military.
So far, Ming Aung Hlaing’s coup regime is recognized as the de facto or Myanmar government, it is also important to admit that the country is actively committing mass atrocities against its people. Therefore, the recognition of the SAC as a “state” by foreign countries will create mockery of their commitment to uphold human rights and international law, as the country is completely disrespectful. these. On the other hand, the newly created national unification government, obliged by the international community to be recognized as a legitimate government for no other reason than that, it still has a great deal of support from the people. cannot protect the people yet.
Thus, the international community now has a responsibility to protect civilians in Myanmar before the SAC forces take further atrocity against them, and plunge the country deeper into chaos. What is lacking for urgent international intervention, whether in form R2P in other words, not ground proof but political will at the UN and in the capitals of the most powerful nations on earth.
As part of the “declared diplomacy”, foreign missions based in Myanmar participated in a choir of other diplomatic voices in calling for the restoration of democracy in the country. among other things in the country. With so much emphasis on restoring what existed before the coup, it should be clear that what pro-democracy forces inside Myanmar want is not a status quo in which the military enjoys a role. privileged games in politics without being accountable to the people or any elected body. In other words, what we had before the coup was a military dictatorship with some democratic traits. In the meantime, like another massacre in Bago, in which the forces of the army killing more than 80 protesters shows, Min Aung Hlaing has no way of backing away. Furthermore, exposing the generals to the most horrible crimes will make global justice a farce, and more importantly, will cause the Burmese people to completely fail in their search for justice.
Meanwhile, the pro-democracy protesters are as determined as ever to witness the end of Min Aung Hlaing’s illegal and brutal dynasty. Many of the people we talked to told us that they were willing to fight to the end in any way they want. The sanctions, with their ineffective track record in the past, are imposed by the US, UK and EU on the military’s top generals and its economic complexity is not deterring them. As Min Aung Hlaing’s forces continued to carry out mass murders and brief arrests at urban protest sites and his bombs fell on border villages, Myanmar’s friends may have to be prepared to consider more coercive measures, such as arming the resistance movement, including the national armed organizations that joined the fight. As former US ambassador to Myanmar Scot Marciel recently wrote on his Twitter account, “Tatmadaw is beyond reason. I find dialogue with them of no value until and unless they realize they cannot win and make it clear that they are looking for a way out. “
The people of Myanmar have shown their bravery, but will the rest of the world overcome the occasion? The clock is ticking.