The Myanmar armed forces violate the Geneva Conventions as the increase of war refugees and displaced persons affected by clashes

The Myanmar armed forces violate the Geneva Conventions as the increase of war refugees and displaced persons affected by clashes

The Myanmar armed forces violate the Geneva Conventions as the increase of war refugees and displaced persons affected by clashes

The clashes have continuously broken out between the Myanmar armed forces and the Arakan Army in the border areas of Arakan (Rakhine) from the beginning on 1st and till 14 November, 2017. Despite no fight in yesterday and today, due to the result of high casualties the Mrauk-U base defeated light infantry regiment No.377 under the 9th Military Operations Command (MOC-9) of the Myanmar Army has burnt down and destroyed Pwi Lai Wa (New Village) yesterday after two weeks fighting.

In addition, on today 16 November 2017 the abovementioned infantry troops have continued to engage in burning other villages, stealing properties from the houses left by residents, demolishing unmovable objects including solar plates, burning down paddy fields cultivated by residents near the battlegrounds.

Such misdeeds are the same as the Myanmar Army’s committed war crimes burning down paddy fields and houses in the Mong Ko region after the “Mong Ko” clashes last year.

These willing executions are war crimes and violations of the Geneva Conventions committed by the Myanmar Army as their normal practices in every territory of non-Burman peoples.

Meanwhile, the Myanmar armed forces have been undertaking the arresting, torturing and killing of any person they have come to see, accusing them as the Arakan Army’s supporters. People earn their livelihood by depending on along the Kaladan river should especially be careful.

Because of this military threat, some residents are hiding in the jungle in fear of the atrocities of the Myanmar Army as some have come to the protected area of the Arakan Army’s troops. On humanitarian grounds, the United League of Arakan (ULA) are taking care and providing displaced persons and war refugees basic needs such as foods, accommodations and healthcare. Now more than 400 displaced persons are under the protection of the ULA.

As now is winter time and extremely cold, blankets and winter dresses are needed. Moreover, people had to flee without getting chance to take anything and there is a shortage of foods in this region. Therefore, those who would like to provide and help displaced persons can contact us for donations and aid.

On the other hand, the fact that it is appearing a gesture of the next possible offensive attack of the Myanmar armed forces that have undertaken reinforcements and clashes can be recurred anytime, civilians are profoundly informed to take extreme caution according to the notice letter released on Nov. 5 to avoid traveling along the Kaladan River, the Kaletchaung and Pe creeks.

Info Desk
Arakan Army
Friday , November 17, 2017

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