Surviving: Evacuated Rohingya people from Myanmar sit on the shorelines of Lancok village, in Indonesia’s North Aceh Regency on June 25, 2020. Nearly 100 Rohingya from Myanmar, including 30 children, have been rescued from a rickety wooden boat off the coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island, a maritime official. said. (AFP/Chaideer Mahyuddin)(AFP/Chaideer Mahyuddin)
A coalition of human rights organizations and former attorney general and respected human rights defender Marzuki Darusman, have officially requested that the National Commission on Human Rights (KomnasHAM) investigate alleged arm sales by state-owned arms manufacturers to the Myanmar junta, which they say potentially took place after the 2021 coup.
The arms deals allegedly took place between Myanmar’s military junta government and state-owned companies PT Pindad, shipbuilder PT PAL and aircraft maker PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI). The firms have categorically denied the allegations leveled against them.
The companies are accused of having promoted and sold “handguns, assault rifles, ammunition, combat vehicles and other equipment to the Myanmar military over the last decade”. The arm deals, according to an open-source investigation initiated by Justice for Myanmar, allegedly continued after the coup by the junta against the civilian government led by the National League of Democracy (NLD), the nation’s ruling party, in February 2021.
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● Mon, October 2, 2023