WASHINGTON The United States on Thursday referred to as for a credible, independent investigation by Myanmar’s government of reports of military atrocities in the country’s Shan State, saying they had been reprehensible, if true.
A rights group, the Shan Human Rights Foundation, accused Myanmar’s army last week of bombing schools and Buddhist temples, firing on civilians and rape in an offensive against ethnic rebels in eastern Myanmar that has uprooted a lot more than ten,000 individuals.
“We are concerned by reports of Burmese military atrocities, including allegations of indiscriminate attacks on civilian populations and infrastructure, rape, and other acts of sexual violence,” mentioned Katina Adams, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Division.
“These allegations, if true, are reprehensible, and we urge the Government of Burma to undertake a credible, independent investigation into these allegations, and to hold perpetrators accountable for their actions.”
Last month, the senior U.S. diplomat for Asia, Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel, was in Myanmar, which is also identified as Burma. He met Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing and urged the military to exercising restraint and to perform to promote peace and reconciliation in conflict places.
Myanmar has fought ethnic groups in its borderlands off and on for decades, causing huge displacement inside the nation and forcing hundreds of thousands to seek refuge across the border in Thailand.
In October, a military-backed civilian government that replaced a military junta in 2010 signed a ceasefire with eight armed ethnic groups. But the deal fell brief of its nationwide billing, with seven of the 15 invited groups declining to sign, including the Shan State Army-North and the Kachin Independence Army.
After 2010, the country embarked on U.S.-backed reforms toward elections that were held last month. Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won in a landslide, but her celebration has but to take power.
According to activists in Shan state, the army has shelled six villages, shot and injured three individuals, and fired on 17 villagers who are now missing, because Oct. six.
The Shan Human Rights Foundation stated it had documented eight circumstances of sexual violence since April 2015, which includes a 32-year-old lady gang-raped by ten soldiers on Nov. five although her husband was tied up under their farm hut in Ke See township.
The Myanmar government has not responded to requests for comment about the fighting in Shan state.
(Reporting by David Brunnstrom Editing by Dan Grebler)