New policy needed on Myanmar military, says NGO

New policy needed on Myanmar military, says NGO

Myanmar soldiers patrol a village in Maungdaw located in Rakhine State as security operation continue following the October 9, 2016 attacks by armed militants. Photo: AFPMyanmar soldiers patrol a village in Maungdaw located in Rakhine State as security operation continue following the October 9, 2016 attacks by armed militants. Photo: AFP

A UK-based NGO is calling on the international community to rethink its policy to the Myanmar military, given concerns over what it alleges are human rights violations.

Burma Campaign UK on December 16 published a new briefing paper, ‘Time for a rethink on policy towards Burma’s military’, calling for a debate on new ways to influence Myanmar’s military.

The commentary briefing paper argues that the international community has yet to develop a strategy for effectively promoting human rights under the new political structure in Myanmar, which now has two power bases, the military, and the National League for Democracy led government. The NGO claims neither is respecting human rights.

“While Aung San Suu Kyi has been widely criticised over her stance over the latest Rohingya crisis, the military, who are actually committing most human rights violations, have not been subject to the same level of criticism and scrutiny by many observers and commentators. Senior General Min AungHlaing enjoyed a red-carpet tour of Europe, including visiting military equipment factories, while his soldiers committed what experts say may be crimes against humanity,” according to the NGO.

Current international and domestic approaches have failed to persuade the military to stop committing human rights violations and stop blocking further democratic reform. The hardline position of the military also threatens Myanmar’s peace process, according to the NGO.

“With human rights violations by the Burmese military increasing to a level we haven’t seen for around a decade, it’s clear new strategies are needed,” said Mark Farmaner, Director of Burma Campaign UK. “It’s time for a debate on ways pressure can be applied on the military to stop violating international law.”

 

Source by:  http://www.mizzima.com

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By Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia ( MERHROM) Posted in Uncategorized

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