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15 Sep 2017 description
  • More than 80 sites set ablaze in orchestrated campaign since 25 August

  • More than 370,000 Rohingya fled across border in less than three weeks

  • Testimonies show attacks were planned, deliberate and systematic

Amnesty International can reveal new evidence pointing to a mass-scale scorched-earth campaign across northern Rakhine State, where Myanmar security forces and vigilante mobs are burning down entire Rohingya villages and shooting people at random as they try to flee.

11 Sep 2017 description

Two new landmine incidents today, including a blast blowing off a young man’s leg, bring to three the number of known sites where Myanmar authorities have mined border crossings used by Rohingya fleeing violence, Amnesty International said.

08 Sep 2017 description

In recent weeks, around 150,000 Rohingya refugees have fled into Bangladesh, as a result of an unlawful and totally disproportionate military response to attacks by a Rohingya armed group.

Here, Amnesty International explains this people’s plight, their state-sponsored persecution, and the crisis’ wide-ranging humanitarian effects.

A persecuted people

The Rohingya is a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority of about 1.1 million living mostly in Rakhine state, west Myanmar, on the border with Bangladesh.

05 Sep 2017 description

The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state are putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign, Amnesty International said today.

Aid workers told Amnesty International of an increasingly desperate humanitarian situation in Rakhine state, where the military has been engaged in a large-scale operation since attacks on dozens of security posts on 25 August, claimed by the armed group Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army.

28 Aug 2017 description

By Matthew Wells, Senior Crisis Advisor at Amnesty International @mattfwells

The soldier held a knife to Dau’s* nose, threatening to slice it if he didn’t answer the questions “correctly”. Dau had faced the same questions all day—did he fight for an armed group, did he provide fighters food, where were those fighters now.

26 Aug 2017 description

Responding to the attacks by Rohingya militants in Myanmar which left at least 32 people, including 11 security personnel, dead, Josef Benedict, Amnesty International’s Deputy Campaigns Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said:

"This cannot lead to repeat of last year’s vicious military reprisals responding to a similar attack, when security forces tortured, killed and raped Rohingya people and burned down whole villages." - Josef Benedict, Amnesty International’s Deputy Campaigns Director for South East Asia and the Pacific

17 Jul 2017 description

Joint Statement by 68 organisations

We, the undersigned civil society organizations, condemn the arrest, detention and prosecution of six people, including three journalists, under the 1908 Unlawful Associations Act in Myanmar. We demand that the charges against them are dropped and that the three journalists are immediately and unconditionally released, as they have been detained solely in connection with their peaceful journalistic activities.

14 Jun 2017 description
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Civilians from minority ethnic groups suffer appalling violations and abuses, including war crimes, at the hands of Myanmar’s military and ethnic armed groups in the country’s Kachin and northern Shan States, Amnesty International said today in a new report based on three recent trips to the conflict area.

28 Apr 2017 description

Index: ASA 16/6130/2017

Dear Your Excellency,

We, the undersigned, call on States, including the United States, United Kingdom and the member states of the European Union, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to strongly encourage the Myanmar government to fully cooperate with the forthcoming Fact-Finding Mission into the human rights situation in Rakhine State, as well as active conflict areas in Kachin State and northern Shan State, as recently mandated by the United Nations Human Rights Council.

20 Apr 2017 description

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
PUBLIC STATEMENT

Index: ASA 16/6090/2017
20 April 2017

Joint statement by 22 national and international non-governmental organizations

On the occasion of the third anniversary of the death of U Win Tin, 22 organizations are calling for the immediate release of all individuals detained or imprisoned on fabricated, politically motivated charges, and for the establishment of an independent and effective prisoner review mechanism to bring about an end to arbitrary arrests and detentions in Myanmar.

17 Mar 2017 description

Myanmar’s authorities must immediately act on the urgent calls made in an interim report by the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, Amnesty International said today.

“The authorities must immediately act on the Rakhine Commission’s recommendations to grant humanitarian access, end the media blackout in northern Rakhine State, and ensure the perpetrators of human rights violations are held accountable,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

13 Mar 2017 description

13 March 2017

ASA 16/5864/2017

UN Human Rights Council

Thirty-Fourth session

27 February – 24 March 2017

Item 4: Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar1 Mr. President,
Amnesty International shares the concerns of the Special Rapporteur regarding the situation of human rights in Myanmar, which has deteriorated significantly in the last year.

03 Mar 2017 description

To:

Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Geneva, 3 March 2017

RE: UN-MANDATED INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY OR SIMILAR INTERNTIONAL MECHANISM TO INVESTIGATE SERIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN RAKHINE STATE, MYANMAR

Excellencies,

22 Feb 2017 description
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‘Politics of demonization’ breeding division and fear

14 Feb 2017 description

** Amnesty International’s written statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February-24 March 2017)**

One year after the National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government took office, the deterioration in the human rights situation in Myanmar requires immediate and urgent action from the UN Human Rights Council (the Council).

10 Feb 2017 description

Executive Summary

After nearly half a century of isolation, Myanmar is undergoing a period of political and economic change. The transition from military dictatorship to quasi-civilian rule, which began in 2011, saw the formation in April 2016 of a new government led by Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy (NLD).

19 Dec 2016 description

1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

“There is no one in Wa Peik [village] now. All the houses are destroyed… We are in very difficult times, no food, no clothes, we are just sleeping in the fields. We rely on the other villagers to support us, but this can’t continue for much longer. We are at breaking point…” A Rohingya farmer, displaced from his home in Wa Peik village, northern Rakhine State, after his home was burned down by the military.

24 Nov 2016 description

Rohingya refugees and asylum-seekers being detained and forcibly returned
Lack of water, food and medical care
Both governments preventing thousands from accessing aid
Harrowing details of Myanmar military attacks on villages