Target: Htin Kyaw, President of Myanmar
Goal: Conduct an independent, impartial investigation into the alleged involvement of soldiers and commanders in attacks and abuse targeting Rohingya people.
In the Northwestern Myanmar state of Rakhine, there have been multiple reports of arson attacks against predominantly ethnic Rohingya villages in the past few weeks. Villagers and local human rights advocates allege that government security forces committed numerous human rights abuses against Rohingya villagers including sexual assaults, torture, arson, and extrajudicial killings. Satellite images show multiple villages with significant fire damage and active fires.
These acts were allegedly committed as reprisals for recent assaults on border guard posts, which have been blamed on Rohingya group by security forces and Myanmar’s government. However, the government has yet to provide definitive proof of the identity of those responsible. Security forces in Myanmar have a well-documented history of human rights abuses. The government of Myanmar has imposed extended curfews and has restricted access to the region for journalists, human rights monitors, and humanitarian workers. Sign our petition to demand that the government of Myanmar conduct an independent and impartial investigation into allegations of abuse, and allow journalists, human rights monitors, and humanitarian workers access to the region.
Dear President Kyaw,
I was alarmed to hear allegations that state security forces engaged in a number of reprisal attacks against Rohingya villagers in the Maungdaw district of Rakhine State. Villagers and local human rights groups have alleged that soldiers and commanders committed sexual assaults, extrajudicial killings, arson, and torture in response to a recent attack on three border guard posts, attacks blamed on a Rohingya group by your government. The allegations of arson are supported by multiple satellite images showing villages with burn damage and ongoing fires. I urge you to open an independent and impartial investigation into these allegations following U.N. guidelines.
Secondly, restrictions on freedom of movement for journalists, human rights monitors, and humanitarian aid must end. Without the scrutiny of human rights monitors and journalists, security forces are able to act with impunity, which can only worsen tensions. Further, blocking humanitarian aid will only push vulnerable people deeper into poverty. I urge you to lift restrictions on free movement.
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