UN Investigator Reports Possible New War Crimes in Myanmar


Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur on Myanmar, said last week the Myanmar security forces and rebels are committing human rights violations against civilians in restive western states that may amount to fresh war crimes.

On Tuesday, Lee said, "the conflict with the Arakan Army in northern Rakhine state and parts of southern Chin state has continued over the past few months and the impact on civilians is devastating," Lee said. "Many acts of the Tatmadaw (army) and the Arakan Army violate international humanitarian law and may amount to war crimes, as well as violating human rights."

According to Lee, the mobile phone blackout ordered by the government was endangering villagers, obstructing aid and shielding the military.

Lee cited reports of civilians, mostly ethnic Rakhine men, being detained and interrogated by the military for suspected links to the Arakan Army and said several had died in custody. In April, a military helicopter opened fire on Rohingya men and boys collecting bamboo, she said.

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Al Jazeera