Despite Election, No Progress in Myanmar

May 27, 2011

The government is even increasingly targeting unarmed civilians as part of its counter-insurgency tactic.


"One of the biggest problems in Myanmar is the impunity of the government," said Debbie Stothard, coordinator of the Bangkok-based advocacy group, Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (Altsean-Burma). "A commission of inquiry has deterrent and preventive value to force the government to be accountable."

Officials who have committed human rights violations in the past are granted immunity by the constitution in Article 445, according to Amnesty International.

"A commission of inquiry would send messages to all parties that the UN is serious about supporting a process of investigation into breaches of humanitarian and human rights law," said Matheison. "It signals to the most abusive commanders to end the abuses."

Myanmar held a general election on November 7, 2010, and the military-dominated parliament convened on January 31, 2011

This article was first published in IRIN.