This new platform created by Amnesty International and SITU Research visualizes how Myanmar’s military committed crimes against humanity against the Rohingya population in northern Rakhine State since 25 August 2017. The map-based narrative takes users on an interactive journey through the weeks leading up to the violence, the military’s deployment and commission of atrocities, the flight en masse of Rohingya villagers to Bangladesh, and the recent construction on top of destroyed Rohingya villages. It calls for accountability for Myanmar officials with a key role in atrocities including murder, rape and deportation of the Rohingya.
The culmination of nine months of intensive research, including in Myanmar and Bangladesh, “We Will Destroy Everything”: Military Responsibility for Crimes against Humanity in Rakhine State, Myanmar is Amnesty International’s most comprehensive account yet of how the Myanmar military forced more than 702,000 women, men, and children to flee to Bangladesh after 25 August 2017. Based on more than 400 interviews, as well as reams of corroborating evidence, including satellite imagery, verified photographs and videos, and expert forensic and weapons analysis, the report goes into harrowing detail about the patterns of violations committed in the military’s “clearance operations” following attacks by the armed group the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army. It also identifies the specific military divisions or battalions involved in many of the worst atrocities—including nine types of crimes against humanity. Published on 27 June 2018, the report calls for the situation in Myanmar to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for investigation and prosecution.
SITU Research is a multidisciplinary design practice that operates at the intersection of architecture, law, science, and advocacy. The application and dissemination of design and visualization expertise to the fields of human rights fact-finding and reporting is central to its work. Contributing to human rights casework in both legal and advocacy contexts, SITU has conducted spatial analyses and developed interactive reporting platforms used in the courtroom at the ICC, and by The Nation, Columbia Human Rights Law Clinic, and Amnesty International.
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