- Min Aung Hlaing and his regime forces have launched their horrific violence, arson, and artillery shelling, which has scorched more than 800 buildings in the town of Thantlang, Chin State, Burma since September 9, 2021. January 5, 2022, marks the 18th time that the town of Thantlang has been set on fire by the regime. From January 3–5, 2022, the junta forces burned down 123 buildings in the Chin State town of Thantlang. Such brutal and inhuman actions perpetrated by the junta regime against the people of the Chin State only proves their complete disregard for the lives and welfare of the Chin people of Burma, and the regime’s outright rejection of peace, justice, and democracy in Burma.
- The Peace and Justice Committee of the Chin Baptist Churches USA strongly condemns these actions of Gen. Min Aung Hlaing and his regime forces, namely, the burning of 123 buildings that includes the Methodist Church, the Gospel Baptist Church, and Johnson Memorial Baptist’s staff quarters. We consider their actions to be war crimes and crimes against humanity, direct violation of human rights and religious freedom.
- The Peace and Justice Committee demands that Gen. Min Aung Hlaing issue an order of action to immediately halt his regime’s continued atrocities of killing and burning houses in the town of Thantlang, Chin State.
- The Peace and Justice Committee calls for President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and his administration along with the US Congress to take urgent and decisive action to hold Gen. Min Aung Hlaing and his regime accountable for their inhuman brutality against the Chin people. We urge President Joe Biden to denounce these actions of Gen. Min Aung Hlaing and his regime forces and demand that they cease burning houses and buildings in Thantlang, Chin State.
- The Peace and Justice Committee calls for the UN Security Council, international community, and the National Unity Government (NUG) of Myanmar to take urgent action against Gen. Min Aung Hlaing and his regime forces in accordance with international law and to bring their actions to the International Criminal Court.
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