Battle News and Arakan-IDPs Report 29 November 2017
The repeated violations of various provisions of international humanitarian law and war crimes committed by the Burmese Army against civilians in the India-Myanmar border
Battle News and Arakan-IDPs Report
29 November 2017
Since 1 November 2017, the coordinated and offensive attacks of the Burmese Army have been waging against the Arakan Army by using more than thirty light infantry battalions in Paletwa township near the India-Myanmar border up till now. The eyewitnesses and photographs have revealed the massive destruction wreaked by the Burmese army on local villages in Paletwa township even after the spoke person of the Government of Myanmar said that the Burmese army did not commit any war crimes against civilians in the conflict-torn region of Arakan (Rakhine). These military offensive attacks and atrocities are a total disrespect of the UNSC calling on the Government of Myanmar to end excessive military force in Arakan by releasing a presidential statement on 6 November 2017 and the repeated violations of various provisions of international humanitarian law and war crimes committed by the Burmese Army against civilians in the India-Myanmar border.
Indiscriminate attacks of the Burmese Army on civilian populations and the deliberate destruction of villages, food and other materials needed for survival have forced many men, women and children of local residents in Paletwa Township to abandon their homes and flee the violence of the Burmese Army. In the rush to reach the safe haven protected by the United League of Arakan (ULA), they have had to leave everything they own behind. With scarce food, water, cloth and shelter, the already harsh conditions are becoming unbearable. Now around 1300 internally displaced persons who fled their homes in Paletwa township in the fear of execution of the Burmese Army had taken refuge in four villages of Lawngtlai district (in southern Mizoram) on Saturday night.
It is undeniable fact that the systematic abuses of the Burmese Army against civilians are the primary sources of this tragedy. The Burmese armed forces have committed numerous acts of violence against people living in this area, including murder, and subjected them to arbitrary arrest and detention. They have also forced villagers to directly support military operations by serving as porters and using as human shields or to leave their homes. The war crimes of the Burmese Army have not only resulted in immense suffering for thousands of people in this conflict-affected area but also threatened to the peace process and democratic transition in Myanmar. Despite ensuing armed clashes in the border of India-Myanmar, the de facto leader of the Government of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, did not even mention at the 6th Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting (JICM) in Naypyitaw on Monday 27 November 2017 about the current military rampaging and aggression of the Burmese Army committing war crimes and gross violations of international humanitarian laws including the Geneva Convention that was ratified by Myanmar in 1992 but said that the third session of the 21st Century Panglong Union Peace Conference would convene in the last week of January in 2018. Her deliberate action shows that she is so immoral, ill responsible and no accountable to citizens and the great mass of people. Changing the Burmese Army’s offensive military strategy would only lead to the path to peace in Myanmar.
Today on 27 November 2017, the 26th consecutive days of the clashes between the Burmese Army and the Arakan Army have broken out in the previous battle grounds near the border area of India-Bangladesh-Myanmar and Mrit-wa village in the India-Myanmar border. Today clash is the most intensive fight in this month compared to the previous ones. The clashes have been becoming much intensified day by day due to the more reinforced offensive attacks of the Burmese Army. The Arakan Army has defended themselves against any Burmese troops entering into their controlled area.
On 26 November 2017, the Burmese Army has launched airstrikes by using two helicopters from 15:00 pm till 15:30 pm about 30 minutes. That was the third times that the Burmese Army had used airstrikes and bombardments in the civil war, which is forbidden by the Geneva Convention. During the whole day fighting on 26 November 2017, the Burmese Army has suffered fatalities and wounded as well as three soldiers of the Arakan Army got minor and moderate injuries.
On 27 November 2017, the clashes have broken out in the two places surrounding the border area of India-Bangladesh-Myanmar since beginning at 11 am. Today is the most intensive fight of the month of November because the whole day has been fought and the fight is still continuing now. In this enduring fight, a soldier of the Arakan Army has sacrificed his life for the fatherland of Arakan and peoples of Arakan.
Simultaneously, clashes have broken out in two places of the region of Mrit-wa village near the India-Myanmar border. The Arakan Army has been defending themselves at its best in these clashes began at 10:30 am. This fight has also been heavy and the Arakan Army has lost a soldier again and another soldier got a moderate injury. There has only been a short break and ceasefire and till now the Arakan Army has been defending themselves very well against the Burmese invaders. The fighting is still continuing at the time of writing this news at 22:00 pm.
In addition, another clash has occured near “Sa-Tin-Wa” village beginning at 8:30 am and this clash has also been intensified. The Burmese Army are indiscriminately and non-stop firing artillery and mortars towards the Arakan Army posts. That the clashes between the Burmese Army and the Arakan Army have broken out in the five places, today is the heaviest fighting day of November.
Finally, it is highly likely that the clashes will be ensued because the Burmese Army has undertaken the reinforcement of its excessive military troops and artillery with the aim to terminate the Arakan Army. The Government of Myanmar and the Burmese Army have officially declared that they do not recognize the FPNCC, of which the Arakan Army is an allied member and which would account for, in terms of numbers, more than 80 percent of revolutionary armed organizations struggling for the rights to national self-determination and political equality with the aim to build a genuine federal union after resettling the world’s longest civil war through political dialogue. The lack of ethnic recognition of the Government of Myanmar towards the revolutionary armed organizations is a serious cause of civil war recurrence, which will totally destroy the whole peace-building process and democratic transition in Myanmar.
29 November 2017