Fortify Rights Claims Myanmar Junta Committed War Crimes in Karenni State

Human rights group Fortify Rights has accused the Myanmar junta of committing war crimes in the Karenni state and has called for a global arms embargo against them.

“Following a bloody coup d’état on February 1, 2021, the Myanmar military junta escalated armed conflict and attacks on civilian populations, including in ethnic states, committing mass atrocity crimes with impunity,” said Fortify Rights. 

According to Fortify Rights’ report, there is evidence of additional mass-atrocity crimes committed by the junta against civilians in Karenni State between May 2021 and January 2022 such as attacks on civilians, massacres, bombing civilian-populated areas, and using heavy artillery, arson, and air strikes against civilian targets.

In one of the testimonies, an 18-year-old man, his uncle, and two other men were used as human shields by junta forces who were fighting with ethnic rebel groups. 

“The soldiers put their guns on our shoulders and shot PDFs, staying behind us,” said one of the victims who testified in the report. 

The report also provided details on the “Christmas Eve massacre” near the village of Moso in Hpruso Township, Karenni State, where at least 40 civilians, including a child and two Save the Children staff, were burned alive by junta forces on December 24, 2021.

“The Myanmar junta is murdering people with weapons procured on the global market, and that must stop,” said Ismail Wolff, regional director at Fortify Rights

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