February 11, 2017
The Tatmadaw issued a news release on Friday stating it was forming an Investigation Committee to investigate alleged human rights violations in Myanmar mentioned in a report released by United Nations Office of High Commissioner of Human Rights (UNOHCHR).
The notification says the investigation committee will look into alleged human rights violations and other illegal activities committed during area clearing operations by the Tatmadaw.
The Committee is comprised of Lt. Gen. Aye Win, Tatmadaw Inspector General, as Chairman, and members are Brig. Gen. Khun Thant Zaw Htoo Joint Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Aung Kyaw Hoe Principal of No.9 Tatmadaw Advanced Combat Training School, Maj. Hla Myo Kyaw Deputy Advocate General, Western Command HQ, Lt. Col. Myo Win Aung Deputy Advocate General, Secretary, Advocate General Office.
The announcement comes days following a damning report by the UN body that implicates the security forces in atrocities against the civilian population including targeted killing of infant children and rape of girls belonging to the Muslim community.
Earlier, both the civilian government and the Tamadaw have continually refuted allegations of gross human rights violations. The denials have led to further condemnations with the UN declaring Aung San Suu Kyi has lost serious credibility in continuing to deny gross human rights violations in spite of clear proof to the contrary.
However any claims of investigation will be greeted with scepticism as the country’s security forces have a long history of getting away with the most brutal abuses.