the 48 hours after the SPDC’s rigged elections, over 25,000
civilians fled to Thailand after fighting broke out between the
SPDC Army and a breakaway faction of the Democratic Karen Buddhist
Army along a 150km stretch of the Thai-Burmese border. The fighting
displaced thousands more on the Burmese side of the border.
These incidents add
to concerns that the regime will expand its offensive against ethnic
nationality groups in Northern and Eastern Burma, and lead to even
more crimes against humanity and war crimes.
While the international
community took a “wait-and-see” position with regard
to the junta’s planned elections, in the two months prior
to the 7 November election, the following crimes were documented:
• At least six
• Systematic use of forced labor in ethnic areas.
• At least nine people, including two monks, were subjected
to arbitrary imprisonment.
• Systematic persecution of Rohingya communities.
• At least three cases of rape and sexual violence.
A UN-mandated Commission
of Inquiry into crimes against humanity and war crimes in Burma
is the most practical step forward to prevent more crimes, obtain
justice for victims, and provide the basis for national reconciliation
and sustainable peace in the country.