September 18, 2018

Burma’s powerful army should be removed from politics, UN investigators said in the final version of a damning report reiterating calls for top generals to be prosecuted for genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Their presence in parliament gives them an effective veto on constitutional changes, making any transition to full civilian control extremely difficult. Three key ministries — home affairs, border and defence — are also in their hands, giving them carte blanche to conduct security operations with little oversight.

Malaysia’s Sun Daily quotes Mark Farmaner from Burma Campaign UK: “It is impossible to remove the army out of political life without changing the constitution, and the military have a veto over constitutional changes.”

Read Sun Daily report

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