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Amnesty calls for end to rights violations in Kachin State

Amnesty International has called for an immediate end to the violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws with regards to the ongoing fighting in Kachin State.

YANGON: Amnesty International has called for an immediate end to the violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws with regards to the ongoing fighting in Kachin State.

The organisation said the continued fighting in the northern state raises serious questions about Myanmar's commitment to human rights reforms and threaten ongoing efforts to negotiate a nationwide ceasefire.

In a statement, Amnesty International also expressed concerns over the humanitarian situation of Internally Displaced Persons camps in the area.

It points out that the situation remains grave and poor camp conditions are deplorable.

In addition, Amnesty International said humanitarian organisations continue to face restrictions in carrying out their work, exacerbating the already vulnerable situation of the growing displaced population.

It urgently calls on the Myanmar authorities to ensure that humanitarian aid organisations have full and unfettered access to all displaced persons in Kachin State.

Since the resumption of fighting in 2011, Amnesty International has received ongoing reports of human rights violations allegedly committed by the Myanmar armed forces as well as the Kachin Independence Army in Kachin State, and parts of Northern Shan State.

Those include reports of unlawful killings, arbitrary arrests and rape.

Amnesty International wants the Myanmar authorities to investigate the allegations and to punish those guilty of the violations.

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