Burma Campaign UK sounds alarm bells on Gen Min Aung Hlaing

April 16, 2017

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One of the leading human rights organisations working on Myanmar has sounded warnings about ‘the real ruler of the country’.

Mark Farmer, Director of the Burma Campaign UK referred to General Min Aung Hlaing as the most powerful man in the country, whose soldiers are responsible for atrocities against ethnic minorities including the Rohingyas.

Farmer blames Hlaing and his powerful Tatmadaw for much of the country’s ills including ethnic cleansing and continuation of conflicts, and says the powerful general has escaped criticism, and continues to be welcome in world capitals.

On the other hand, it is Aung San Suu Kyi who has been under fire, though it is widely known she has little influence over military matters despite being the so called de facto leader of the country.

Analysts believe a secretive but powerful military junta that includes Hlaing rules the country from Naypyidaw.  

Farmer blasted the international community for its policy of soft engagement with the Tatmadaw, and instead urged sterner actions to influence the policy of the organisation that is responsible for gross human rights violations but continues to wield the real influence in Myanmar.

The full article can be accessed at http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mark-farmaner/min-aung-hlaing_b_15001514.html