Myanmar’s military may again be carrying out crimes against humanity in Rakhine and Chin states in the conflict-ravaged country, a United Nations rights expert has warned. Yanghee Lee, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, accused the military of ignoring a call for a ceasefire and instead carrying out an armed offensive “inflicting immense suffering on the ethnic communities” in the two states.
“The Tatmadaw is systematically violating the most fundamental principles of international humanitarian law and human rights. Its conduct against the civilian population of Rakhine and Chin states may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity,” Lee, who is stepping down from her position after six years, said in an April 29 statement.
In August 2018, a UN fact-finding mission called for senior Myanmar military officials to be prosecuted for genocide and war crimes against Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities. A renewed conflict has raged in Rakhine and Chin states since December 2018 between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army.