Myanmar army accused of blocking aid to displaced civilians

Fortify Rights says Myanmar army may have committed war crimes in arresting aid workers and destroying food stocks.

A prominent human rights group says Myanmar’s military may have committed war crimes in the eastern Karenni state by blocking humanitarian aid to forcibly displaced people, arbitrarily arresting aid workers, confiscating aid and destroying food stocks.8

In a new report on Wednesday, Fortify Rights also urged the governments of Thailand, India, China and Bangladesh to immediately authorise humanitarian agencies to provide cross-border aid to growing numbers of civilians in need in Myanmar.

“Blocking aid and targeting humanitarian workers in the context of armed conflict are war crimes,” said Ismail Wolff, Regional Director of Fortify Rights. Myanmar junta poses a threat to regional peace and security. UN and ASEAN member states should urgently support emergency cross-border aid for the displaced and ensure accountability for the junta’s heinous crimes.”

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