Que significam militares? Para que servem militares?

As I write this email to you, the Myanmar military has unleashed a new round of unspeakable war crimes – terrorizing the Rohingya people.

This is a horrifically brutal campaign led by an unrepentant military.

Families who survived the mass atrocities and remained in Myanmar are again facing terrible danger. But they have nowhere to go. They could be arrested, tortured or executed at anytime.

“We heard an explosion, soldiers started shooting. It kept going most of the night. When the sun rose, we fled. I want to go home but I’m afraid the same thing will happen again… no one can protect us from the military.”

A Rakhine woman from Buthidaung township.

No one can protect them as humanitarian aid and human rights groups including Amnesty International have been denied access to the state.

No one can tell their story as journalists covering the conflict are being silenced, with three already threatened with bogus criminal complaints.

But our research team have gone behind the lines and interviewed dozens of survivors, uncovering horrific crimes:

  • Civilians being fired at indiscriminately.
  • Villagers being subjected to forced labour, like carrying ammunition and weapons for the military.
  • A seven-year-old boy who died from his injuries after being forbidden from accessing a hospital.
  • Schools being used as barracks, putting children’s lives at risk.

More than 1 million Rohingya people have fled violent persecution in Myanmar since 2016. Of those who were unable to escape, we estimate that an additional 30 000 people have now been forced out of their homes.

This new surge in violence is being ordered by the highest levels of the Myanmar military.

The decision to deploy these units could only have come from the office of the Commander-in-Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

This is why, now more than ever, it is time to step up international pressure.

Tarcisio, together, we can call on the Australian government to

  1. Immediately cut ties with the Myanmar military
  2. Implement sanctions against military officials implicated in crimes against humanity
  3. Pressure the Myanmar authorities to allow humanitarian agencies and investigators into Rakhine state.

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