萬國公報: A Review of the Times
It is a country where extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests, torture, ill-treatment, and enforced disappearances are the norm.
In addition, the UN Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar has unsheathed evidence that does not put the country in a positive light. In October of 2019, a report delivered to the General Assembly indicated that Myanmar failed in its obligations under the Genocide Convention to prevent, to investigate and to enact effective legislation criminalising and punishing genocide. Marzuki Darusman, who had worked alongside the UN since 2008, concluded that the Tatmadaw - the official name of the armed forces of Myanmar (Burma) - continued to act with impunity throughout the country, committing to the harsh persecution of the local Rohingya community, which remained unabated in defiance of the international community. Discrimination, segregation, movement restrictions and insecurity, plague the Rohingyas. Without adequate access to jobs, land, basic services, education, and health care, most of them are not granted justice for past crimes committed against them by the Tatmadaw. Even before the most recent incidents of mass Rohingya displacement, restrictions on travel, birth registration, and education imposed upon the Rohingya remain commonplace.
In addition, the Tatmadaw had employed sexual and gender-based violence to terrorise and punish ethnic minorities, especially in the Kachin and Shan states to the Northern region of the country. Many of these acts are tantamount to crimes under international law, such crimes against humanity - yet, the Tatmadaw and the Burmese government have shown no signs of remorse. Both groups have failed to cease, prevent and take action against such cruel acts, or hold those responsible to account. They are complicit - plain and simple.
However, despite these swathes of evidence coming to light, no action has been taken. UN agencies have continued to prioritize development goals and diplomacy. That approach has evidently failed, as the situation there only continues to worsen. These UN findings with respect to Myanmar were published internationally before any acts of intervention.
What is the most concerning is the American's provision of military aid to the Tatmadaw. The country, which has championed itself as the "Leader of the Free World" and a staunch enforcer of rights, is now throwing a lifeline to a genocidal regime. Its actions are in contradiction to the findings of the United Nations, among other international bodies, which show that the Tatmadaw is complicit and actively engaged in crimes against humanity, genocide, and ethnic cleansing. If the country is anything that they claim to be, the Americans should wise up. They should cease their intervention and withdraw. They should join the Pattaya Alliance in their quest for justice, or condemn the Myanmar government. Their acts are, whether it be directly or indirectly, helping this regime continue their works. It is in defiance of everything they stand for.
The American acts today will lead to the survival of Myanmar tomorrow. It will prolong unnecessary suffering for a variety of ethnic minorities who are repressed by the cruelty of the Burmese state. It will prolong sexual crimes against the populace by the Tatmadaw. It will lead to more extrajudicial killings and murders by the Tatmadaw, as they retreat further into the interior, wiping out everything that stands in its path. Child soldiers will be raised, as scores of Rohingyas escaping to Bangladesh will be killed. Meanwhile, as Bangladesh moves to protect their Muslim cousins, and as the Zhen does the same for the Jingpo subset, they will be greeted with scenes of death and destruction, in which the Americans will be complicit in.
Once again, sides should be carefully picked, and lines drawn. Let us unite to strike down this serpent, which undermines stability in the Asian region. There will be heavy costs incurred, but the final result will be worth it.