Burma Accused of Violating International Law in Kachin
Human Rights Watch issued a statement Friday demanding that Burma’s army cease attacks against rebels in northern Kachin state. The group is also calling on military forces to allow humanitarian aid to reach at-risk populations. As fighting between Kachin rebels and Burmese forces has crept closer to the rebel headquarters in Laiza, international rights groups say the military’s artillery and airstrikes are indiscriminate and violate international humanitarian law. Three civilians have been reported killed in recent air and artillery strikes, which government officials initially denied. Presidential spokesperson later confirmed the military operations after video footage of the attacks emerged. Human Rights Watch has condemned the military operation and called on the president to take action. Phil Robertson is the deputy director of the Asia Division.