Bangkok (AP) — Witnesses and other reports that Myanmar government forces attacked a small village in the northwest, rounded up civilians, tied their hands, and used them as clear retaliation for attacks on the military convoy. I burned it alive.
In the aftermath video of Tuesday’s attack, the burnt bodies of 11 victims, believed to be teenagers, lie in a circle in what looks like the wreckage of a hut in the village of Done Taw in the Sagaing region. I showed that I was there.
Anger spread as graphic images were shared on social media over what appeared to be the latest in an increasingly brutal military attack in an attempt to quell the heightened rebel resistance after the February military takeover.
Human Rights Watch called on the international community on Thursday to ensure that the commanding commander was added to the target sanctions list, and more broadly, an effort to cut off sources of funding for the military. Has been strengthened.
“Our contacts say these are villagers, boys and adolescents who were just caught in the wrong place and at the wrong time,” said group spokesman Manny Maung. rice field.
She added that similar incidents occur on a regular basis, which happened to be captured by the camera.
“This incident was very brave and happened in an area that was discovered and intended to be seen to scare people,” she said.
Although the images could not be individually verified, the explanation from the person who stated that the Associated Press was present at the time of shooting was in close agreement with the explanation of the incident reported by the independent media in Myanmar.
The government has denied that there are troops in the area.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government’s military expulsion initially encountered non-violent street protests, but after police and soldiers responded with deadly force, opponents of military control armed themselves for self-defense. , Violence escalated.
The killings at Done Taw have been blamed by Myanmar’s Underground National Unity Government, which has established itself as an alternative government to the country in place of the military-established government.
The organization’s spokesman, Dr. Sasa, said the military convoy was attacked by roadside bombs, and the troops first bombarded Done Taw, then attacked the village, and rounded up the captives.
He said the ages of the victims ranged from 14 to 40 years.
“The unpleasant scene reminiscent of Islamic State terrorist groups has witnessed the military escalating their acts of terrorism,” he said in a statement.
“The pure brutality, savagery, and cruelty of these acts show the depth of new corruption, despite pretending to be the relative detents seen over the past few months. , The junta proves that it had no intention of escalating violent campaigns, “said Sasa, who uses a name.
Witnesses who spoke to AP said that around 11:00 am on Tuesday, about 50 troops marched into Done Taw village and caught those who could not escape.
“They arrested 11 innocent villagers,” the Witness said. He described himself as a peasant and activist and demanded that he remain anonymous for his own safety.
He added that the captured man was not a member of the locally organized People’s Defense Force. He said the prisoners were tied up behind them and set on fire.
He did not state the reason for the soldiers’ assault.
Other witnesses quoted in the Myanmar media said the victims were members of the Wehrmacht, but witnesses who spoke to the AP were members of a less formal village conservation group. Said there was.
In recent months, fighting has intensified in Sagaing and other northwestern regions, and the military is more resistant to resistance than in urban areas.
UN spokesman Stephen Dujaric expressed deep concern over reports of “the horrific killings of 11 people,” and “reliable reports show that five children were among those killed.” I strongly criticized it.
Dujaric called on Myanmar’s military authorities to remind them of their obligations under international law to ensure the safety and protection of civilians and to hold “responsible for this vicious act” accountable.
He reiterated the condemnation of UN violence by Myanmar’s security forces, emphasizing the need for a unified international response. As of Wednesday, he said security forces had killed more than 1,300 unarmed individuals, including more than 75 children, during the use of deadly forces or detention since the military takeover on February 1. Stated.
The allegations were commuted shortly after Suu Kyi was convicted on Monday for incitement and violation of coronavirus restrictions and sentenced to four years in prison. Court actions have been widely criticized as further efforts by military rulers to roll back democratic interests in recent years.
In New York, the UN Security Council expressed “deep concern” in Suu Kyi’s decision on Wednesday, expelling President Win Myint and others, and repeating previous calls for the release of all arbitrarily detained.
“Members of the Security Council re-emphasized continued support for Myanmar’s democratic transition, supported democratic institutions and processes, refrained from violence, and engaged in constructive dialogue according to the will and interests of the people. He emphasized the need to pursue reconciliation. He fully respects Myanmar’s human rights and fundamental freedoms and supports the rule of law. “