Soldiers in Burma’s military have systematically targeted civilians, murdered women and children, and committed sexual violence on a “shocking scale”.
In Rakhine State they have even taken part in genocide, which saw Muslim Rohingya villagers massacred, shot, burned alive, hacked and beaten to death.
These are just some of the details uncovered by a UN Fact-Finding Mission that spent 15 months investigating human rights violations and heard graphic accounts from more than 800 people. Their report, published in August 2018, concluded that the military’s actions amounted to war crimes, and called on the UN Security Council to refer Burma to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Yet the international community has failed to act, due, in part, to their misplaced faith in the country’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and her party, National League for Democracy (NLD).