U.S. Condemns Burning of Thantlang Homes and Churches

The United States said on Sunday it is “gravely concerned” about reports that Myanmar’s security forces committed human rights violations including the burning of more than 100 homes and Christian churches in Thantlang, western Chin state, nine months after the violent military coup.

“We condemn such brutal actions by the Burmese regime against people, their homes, and places of worship, which lays bare the regime’s complete disregard for the lives and welfare of the people of Burma,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

The attack came after a junta soldier was shot dead by the Chinland Defence Force (CDF) after members of the local resistance group said they saw him looting a shop, Myanmar Now reported.

Fires broke out after the junta’s armed forces shot at least 10 rounds of artillery into the town in retaliation for the killing.

The local media report added that several troops had arrived in the area an hour later and began torching houses “for no reason,” a CDF spokesperson said.

Price said that the “attacks underscore the urgent need for the international community to hold the Burmese military accountable and take action to prevent gross violations and abuses of human rights, including by preventing the transfer of arms to the military.”

Meantime, military government spokesman Zaw Min Tun said the military’s role in Thantlang’s razing was “groundless accusations.”

Earlier this month, the United Nations outgoing special envoy for Myanmar said the situation in the country had reached the point of civil war.

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