Myanmar's Srebrenica Moment has arrived

November 18, 2016

Civil society remains dead on genocide.

 

 Photo: UN Photo/David Ohana


Myanmar's Srebenica Moment has arrived. The entire Burmese society has
remained indifferent.

Myanmar's "civil society" apparently exists only in grant applications
for the 'donors' in the face of a genocide in its midst.

It is spiritually and intellectually dead as far as the unfolding new
phase of genocidal acts.

https://twitter.com/Aliyeskii/status/797688436228521984

Here is a collection of videos of innocent Rohingya families fleeing
attacks by the Tatmadaw THIS MORNING - 13 Nov 2016 (local time in
Burma).

For Myanmar Tatmadaw (military) is carrying out genocidal attacks this morning.

Thank you for Jamila Hanan for compiling these links - and thank you,
ultimately, to the Rohingya activists who risk their lives recording
the genocide for the world to witness.

https://twitter.com/nslwin/status/797614287774683136
https://twitter.com/nslwin/status/797617868812730368
https://twitter.com/Rafiquerhg/status/797623932442578944
https://twitter.com/Rafiquerhg/status/797626040961089536
https://twitter.com/nslwin/status/797633653593571328
https://twitter.com/nslwin/status/797634457389797376
https://twitter.com/Aungaungsittwe/status/797662575680815105
https://twitter.com/j_arkani/status/797675324746113024
https://twitter.com/Aungaungsittwe/status/797686339017654272

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Here are satellite images from Human Rights Watch, from the last
week's genocidal atatcks:

Click the link to see the images of burned villages and their locations.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/11/12/burma-massive-destruction-rohingya-villages


November 12, 2016 9:25PM EST

Burma: Massive Destruction in Rohingya Villages

Satellite Images Show 430 Burned Buildings; UN-Aided Inquiry Needed

(New York) – High-definition satellite imagery shows widespread
fire-related destruction in ethnic Rohingya villages in Burma's
Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch said today. The Burmese government
should immediately invite the United Nations to assist in
investigating reported destruction of villages in the area. Human
Rights Watch identified a total of 430 destroyed buildings in three
villages of Maungdaw District from an analysis of very high resolution
satellite imagery recorded on the mornings of October 22, November 3,
and November 10, 2016. © 2016 Human Rights Watch

“New satellite images not only confirm the widespread destruction of
Rohingya villages but show that it was even greater than we first
thought,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
“Burmese authorities should promptly establish a UN-assisted
investigation as a first step toward ensuring justice and security for
the victims.”

Human Rights Watch identified a total of 430 destroyed buildings in
three villages of northern Maungdaw district from an analysis of very
high resolution satellite imagery recorded on the mornings of October
22, November 3, and November 10, 2016. Of this total, 85 buildings
were destroyed in the village of Pyaung Pyit (Ngar Sar Kyu), 245 in
Kyet Yoe Pyin, and 100 in Wa Peik (Kyee Kan Pyin). Damage signatures
in each of the assessed villages were consistent with fire, including
the presence of large burn scars and destroyed tree cover. Because of
dense tree cover it is possible that the actual number of destroyed
buildings is higher.

Human Rights Watch identified a total of 430 destroyed buildings in
three villages of Maungdaw District from an analysis of very high
resolution satellite imagery recorded on the mornings of October 22,
November 3, and November 10, 2016. Of this total, 85 buildings were
destroyed in the village of Pyaung Pyit (Ngar Sar Kyu); 245 buildings
were destroyed in the village of Kyet Yoe Pyin; and 100 buildings were
destroyed in the village of Wa Peik (Kyee Kan Pyin). Damage signatures
in each of the assessed villages were consistent with fire, including
the presence of large burn scars and destroyed tree cover.

 In addition to satellite imagery reviewed by Human Rights Watch,
reports by human rights organizations, the media, and members of a
delegation of nine foreign ambassadors who visited some impacted areas
on November 2-3 confirm that the damage was substantial. The
delegation conducted no formal investigation or assessment but
confirmed that they saw burned structures in several towns.

The crisis follows violence on October 9 in which gunmen attacked
three police outposts in Maungdaw township in northern Rakhine State
near the Bangladesh border, leaving nine police officers dead. The
government said that the attackers made off with dozens of weapons and
thousands of rounds of ammunition. The Burmese government asserts the
attack was carried out by a Rohingya group, but actual responsibility
remains unclear.

HRW Burma Destruction Assessment

Immediately after the attacks, government forces declared Maungdaw an
“operation zone” and began sweeps of the area to find the attackers
and lost weapons. They severely restricted the freedom of movement of
local populations and imposed extended curfews, which remain in place.
A UN-assisted investigation needs to examine the deadly attacks on
border guard posts on October 9, and allegations by the media and
local groups that government security forces subsequently committed
summary killings, sexual violence, torture, arbitrary arrests, arson,
and other abuses against Rohingya villagers in Maungdaw district,
Human Rights Watch said.

On October 28, Reuters published interviews with Rohingya women who
allege that Burmese soldiers raped them. The government also allegedly
pressured the Myanmar Times to fire one of its editors who reported
allegations of rape by Burmese army soldiers. Government-imposed
restrictions on access to the area by journalists and human rights
monitors continue to hinder impartial information gathering.

A second attack on a border guard post in Maungdaw was reported to
have occurred on November 3. The attack reportedly resulted in the
death of one police officer.

Burma is obligated under international law to conduct thorough,
prompt, and impartial investigations of alleged human rights
violations, prosecute those responsible, and provide adequate redress
for victims of violations. Standards for such investigations can be
found, for example, in the UN Principles on the Effective Prevention
and Investigation of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions,
and the UN Guidance on Commissions of Inquiry and Fact-Finding
Missions. Burma’s failure to conduct such investigations in the past
underscores the need for UN assistance, Human Rights Watch said.

Reuters has reported that the military has ignored the civilian
government’s request for more information about the situation.

“The Burmese armed forces are not only keeping independent observers
out of affected Rohingya areas, they apparently aren’t even telling
their own government what happened,” Adams said. “The authorities need
to allow the UN, the media, and rights monitors unfettered access into
the area to determine what happened and what needs to be done.”

The government recently granted the World Food Programme (WFP) access
to four villages for a one-time food delivery. However, humanitarian
aid groups continue to be denied full access, placing tens of
thousands of already vulnerable people at greater risk. The vast
majority of villages are not receiving any assistance, and the area
remains sealed to humanitarian assessment teams and human rights
groups. A statement by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on November 8
noted that the children in northern Rakhine State already suffer from
high levels of deprivation and malnutrition. “Their futures depend on
help from doctors, nurses, teachers and others who can provide them
with nutrition, health and education services,” the statement said.

The Burmese government should immediately deliver on its assurances to
resume humanitarian aid to all impacted areas, Human Rights Watch
said.

“The Burmese government and military should immediately allow
humanitarian access to vulnerable populations,” Adams said. “The UN
and concerned governments need to dial up the pressure on the
authorities to ensure aid reaches all affected areas as this crisis
enters its second month.”

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