Arrest perpetrators, says Fortify Rights

A rights-based action group have called on the Burmese government to stop threatening those who speak out about human rights abuses. Matthew Smith, executive director of Fortify Rights, said, “We’re seeing worrying trends. Wartime violence against civilians is continuing and the Myanmar military is increasingly using the justice system as a tool to silence critics.” The group have cited military behaviour in the aftermath of the murder of the Kachin schoolteachers – including threatening libel action and allegedly preventing access to the murder scene – as particularly worrisome.