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  • Opinion by Jan Servaes (brussels)
  • Inter Press Service

The nonviolent opposition has since became armed resistance and the nation has slipped into what some UN specialists characterize as civil battle. Greater than 1 million individuals are displaced by the violence, in keeping with the UN.

Within the first six months after the Myanmar army coup, civilians have been killed, imprisoned, tortured, disappeared, forcibly displaced and persecuted, as documented in an in depth report by Fortify Rights and the Schell Middle for Worldwide Human Rights on the Yale Legislation Faculty. The report argues that these acts quantity to crimes towards humanity.

Execution by Hanging

The executions of 4 political prisoners by the unlawful army junta in Myanmar have additionally briefly disturbed some Western media and governments. Even the UN Security Council, together with China and Russia, condemned the executions.

The G-7 additionally adopted. They stated the executions replicate “contempt” for the Myanmar folks’s want for democracy. These executions of 4 political prisoners, regardless of international appeals, set Myanmar again many years, it’s stated.

The brutal and inhumane nature of the army junta was reaffirmed when the households requested to gather the our bodies after the hanging, the junta stated that they weren’t required by legislation to launch the our bodies.

“These horrific acts by a ruthless junta that has proven no qualms about waging battle towards the Myanmar folks to bolster its energy. The world neighborhood, and all ASEAN members specifically, ought to view these cold-blooded killings as one more wake-up name concerning the true nature of the phobia regime that Myanmar’s army is attempting to impose on the nation,” stated Eva Sundari, former member of the Indonesian Home of Representatives and board member of ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR).

By spokesman Basic Zaw Min Tun, the junta boasted in its response concerning the junta’s justice system, claiming that the 4 detainees loved “full rights” and have been “allowed to defend themselves in courtroom”.

The query is what this implies for the remainder of the world — together with India, China, Russia and ASEAN — and their involvement with the junta? The seriousness of the state of affairs is compounded by the truth that the Myanmar regime plans to execute 41 extra political prisoners, and given the present state of affairs, Myanmar’s army regime has nothing to lose within the proceedings.

“When the ideas of civilized societies are challenged, it isn’t solely an act of resistance to the ideas in query, but additionally an indication of contempt for civilization itself,” stated Youk Chhang, a survivor of the killing fields of the battle beneath the Khmer Rouge, within the authoritative The Diplomat.


Amnesty International has accused Myanmar’s army of committing widespread atrocities in Kayah, within the jap a part of the nation. These battle crimes are in all probability crimes towards humanity. “The usage of landmines by the Myanmar army is abhorrent and merciless.

At a time when the world has overwhelmingly banned these inherently arbitrary weapons, the army has positioned them in folks’s gardens, houses and even stairwells, in addition to round church buildings,” stated Matt Wells, Amnesty Worldwide’s deputy director of Disaster Response, in an announcement.

Amnesty’s report states that landmines have been deployed in not less than 20 villages in Kayah. Earlier this month, the Karenni Human Rights Group additionally accused army forces of planting landmines in villages and settlements in Kayah state. Villagers whose livelihoods rely on working their fields reside in perpetual concern as a result of presence of those landmines.

Earlier, UNICEF, the United Nations Kids’s Fund, reported that landmines and unexploded ordnance have maimed or killed kids in lots of areas of the nation, with the best casualty price in Shan State in northeast Myanmar.

Past the rapid hazard, planting landmines may stop folks fleeing violence from returning to their houses and fields, Amnesty Worldwide famous. “The army seems to be systematically laying landmines close to the place it’s stationed and in areas from which it’s withdrawing.”


The Thai authorities seems more and more complicit within the lethal reign of terror by the Myanmar junta. On June 30, a airplane from Myanmar, recognized as a Russian-made MiG-29, violated Thai airspace throughout a bombing raid in jap Myanmar. The jet raid led to the evacuation of houses and school rooms within the Phop Phra district in Thailand’s Tak province.

Movies taken from Thai territory and shared on social media present Myanmar jets shelling and bombing villages in Karen state, the place lethal combating rages between junta forces and armies managed by the ethnic Karen Nationwide Union and the anti-coup Folks’s Protection Forces (PDF). In response, the Thai Air Drive dispatched two of its personal fighter jets and the Thai embassy in Yangon has reportedly issued a diplomatic warning to the junta.

Commenting on the incident, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha stated in his typical nonchalant and authoritarian method that the invasion of Thai sovereignty was “no downside”. The Thai authorities clearly needs to downplay and canopy up the dimensions of the atrocities and humanitarian disasters unfolding in Myanmar.

Only a day earlier than the Myanmar airplane brought on Thai schoolchildren to flee in panic, a Royal Thai Military delegation in Naypyidaw was shaking fingers and exchanging items with Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the chief of the genocidal junta. Whereas Thai authorities look like selling ‘enterprise as standard’ with Min Aung Hlaing’s prison regime, the folks of Myanmar and border communities in each international locations are paying the worth.

The determined state of affairs for the residents of Myanmar has been exacerbated by the actions of the Thai authorities. Compelled to reside within the shadows, unable to achieve authorized standing and confronted with dwindling assist and assets, Myanmar refugees in Thailand have reported extortion and arbitrary arrest and detention.

Thai overseas coverage in the direction of Myanmar has arguably moved from deliberate blindness to complicity in mass atrocities at this level, stated.

Judgment of the ICC in The Hague

On Friday, July 22, the International Court of Justice ruled definitively that The Gambia has jurisdiction to proceed its case towards Myanmar for the genocide of the Rohingya. That is the primary time a Genocide Conference case has been accepted from a rustic with no direct connection to the alleged crimes – leading to a vote towards by Chinese language choose Xue Hanqin.

She agreed with the junta’s second objection which acknowledged that “the applicant will need to have some territorial, nationwide or different type of reference to the alleged acts”.

All 16 judges unanimously rejected three of Myanmar’s objections. It’s price noting that whereas Myanmar is now represented by a junta-led authorized crew, the objections in query are the identical as these filed beneath the Nationwide League for Democracy authorities in 2020.

So now that the matter has been given the inexperienced gentle, it should in all probability take a number of extra years earlier than actual progress will be made.

A ‘homicide regime’

Coup chief Min Aung Hlaing has made Myanmar a homicide republic, claims David Scott Mathieson in The Irrawaddy: “The execution of 4 dissidents was not essential to know that the regime of the coup chief Supreme Basic Min Aung Hlaing now falls into the identical class because the Iraq of Saddam Hussein or a Latin American dictatorship within the Nineteen Eighties.

That ought to have been clear because the day of the coup, given his decade-long bloodbath in the course of the so-called ‘transition.’ However Min Aung Hlaing’s Myanmar is a brand new class of repressive army junta: a homicide republic.” He hopes that “Min Aung Hlaing and his clique will ultimately face trial.

Ideally, it must be extra humanistic than how the killers of the SAC (the junta) have handled the folks of Myanmar. Stand towards a wall in entrance of a firing squad. That’s what tyrants must be afraid of.”

Jan Servaes was UNESCO-Chair in Communication for Sustainable Social Change on the College of Massachusetts, Amherst. He taught ‘worldwide communication’ in Australia, Belgium, China, Hong Kong, the US, Netherlands and Thailand, along with short-term tasks at about 120 universities in 55 international locations. He’s editor of the 2020 Handbook on Communication for Growth and Social Change

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