Tuesday, November 16, 2010

[Altsean-Burma] Before and after the elections: The crimes continue

Dear Friends,

Altsean-Burma has released a briefer titled �Before and after the elections: The crimes continue.�

In the 48 hours after the SPDC�s rigged elections, over 25,000 civilians fled to Thailand after fighting broke out between the SPDC Army and a breakaway faction of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army along a 150km stretch of the Thai-Burmese border. The fighting displaced thousands more on the Burmese side of the border.

These incidents add to concerns that the regime will expand its offensive against ethnic nationality groups in Northern and Eastern Burma, and lead to even more crimes against humanity and war crimes.

While the international community took a �wait-and-see� position with regard to the junta�s planned elections, in the two months prior to the 7 November election, the following crimes were documented:
  • At least six extrajudicial killings.
  • Systematic use of forced labor in ethnic areas.
  • At least nine people, including two monks, were subjected to arbitrary imprisonment.
  • Systematic persecution of Rohingya communities.
  • At least three cases of rape and sexual violence.
A UN-mandated Commission of Inquiry into crimes against humanity and war crimes in Burma is the most practical step forward to prevent more crimes, obtain justice for victims, and provide the basis for national reconciliation and sustainable peace in the country.

The briefer is available at: http://www.altsean.org/Reports/Crimescontinue.php

Yours, in solidarity,

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