Min Aung Hlaing, head of the Burmese Army, is on a red carpet tour of Germany and Austria.
His soldiers are raping ethnic women, shooting children, bombing villages. Instead of applying pressure on him to end abuses, Austria and Germany are taking him to dinner, sightseeing, and he has even been taken to the factory of a military supplier.
In response to the call of Burma Campaign UK, the members of Arakan Watch family are hereby forwarding following Message of Action to Austria and Germany—–
Sebastian Kurz , Minister for Foreign Affairs, Austria
Sigmar Gabriel, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Germany
We are shocked that your governments are hosting visits by Min Aung Hlaing, head of the Burmese military.
As you are already aware, the United Nations has stated in several reports that his soldiers may be guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, head of the Burmese military, is the most powerful person in Burma. It is his soldiers and security forces who have been raping Rohingya women, shooting Rohingya civilians and burning Rohingya villages.Min Aung Hlaing’s soldiers stamped on a baby as it was being born.
His soldiers killed a baby because it was crying for milk as they gang raped its mother. They shot children in the back as they ran from their burning villages.
It is his soldiers who have increased conflict in Kachin Sate and Shan State, displacing thousands of villagers already forced from their homes by Burmese army attacks.
Min Aung Hlaing is the one who is threatening the entire peace process by insisting on hard-line conditions unacceptable to many ethnic organisations.
It is Min Aung Hlaing who is blocking constitutional reform which would make Burma more democratic. Civil servants under his control are obstructing reforms and policies the NLD-led government are trying to put in place. He is also starving health and education of funds by insisting on a huge budget for the military at the same time as the health service and education systems are one of the most poorly funded in the world.
Min Aung Hlaing is the biggest obstacle to improving human rights, democratic reform, peace, modernisation, and improving health and education in Burma.
Rather than applying pressure on Min Aung Hlaing to end human rights violations, you are giving him special dinners, sightseeing tours, taking him to factories of military suppliers and even offering military training. You appear to be ignoring human rights violations in the hope of securing future contracts with the Burmese military.
Being given red carpet treatment like this will encourage Min Aung Hlaing to believe his soldiers can continue to violate international law without facing any consequences. We hope you can assure us that you will never invite this war criminal to your country again or offer military training to his soldiers.
All the Members
Arakan Watch Family
We thought every peace loving person should respond to the URGENT ACTION of Burma Campaign UK.
So, pls come forward and