International Campaign for Freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Urgent action: Head of Burmese Army gets red carpet treatment in Germany and Austria
Why are Austria and Germany giving special treatment to a war criminal?
Min Aung Hlaing, head of the Burmese Army, is visiting Germany and Austria this week.
Earlier this year, the United Nations reported how his soldiers had raped ethnic Rohingya women, shot civilians and burned villages. They said these violations could be crimes against humanity.
Min Aung Hlaing's soldiers stamped on a baby as it was being born.
Min Aung Hlaing's soldiers killed a baby because it was crying for milk as they gang raped its mother.
Min Aung Hlaing's soldiers shot children in the back as they ran from their burning villages.
Now Germany and Austria are treating him like an honoured visitor. He has even been taken to a factory which supplies military aircraft and offered military training courses in Austria.
Min Aung Hlaing is being given gifts, meeting their military, being taken to tourist sites. He loves it. He is posting regular updates on his Facebook page.
Last year a report by the United Nations said that human rights violations in Kachin and Shan States, where Min Aung Hlaing's soldiers have been deliberately targeting civilians, could amount to war crimes.
The only place in Europe which Min Aung Hlaing should be visiting is the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
Instead of applying pressure on Min Aung Hlaing to end human rights violations, Austria and Germany seem more interested in cosying up to him, perhaps with future arms sales in mind.