Security forces are exercising caution and following the law in their response to the attackers—some armed with automatic weapons and others with sticks and swords—who launched a series of attacks in the western part of Myanmar, which has not typically been the site of armed insurgency. It is critical time for the international community to review their policies towards the atrocities of the extremist attackers whose perpetration still continues in many forms.
Exhibiting its neighborliness, Bangladesh had handed over two of the assailants to Myanmar, a welcome move which came against a backdrop of heightened fabrications that a number of Muslims living in Rakhine state face discrimination, restriction of movements and denial of access to services.
In common with the neighboring country, the European Union-EU expressed its sympathy to the families of the victims who lost their lives in attacks on three border posts in Rakhine State, calling for conducting a formal police investigation into the incident in order to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice. It is encouraging to know that the EU stands with Myanmar in these difficult moments.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has sent a message to all countries across the world that the Myanmar government is doing its best to deal with the cause and resolution of recent violent attacks, exercising the rule of law so that it can reach the best and most just settlement. When it comes to the recent incidents, the state counsellor at the first anniversary of signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement — NCA has made public that we are brave enough to take drastic, legal action within the framework of law, given the seriousness of the problem and its potential impact on the country’s democratization process.
At a time when we are taking effective action to defend against, respond to and defeat all armed violent attacks and attempted attacks in accordance with the laws, weighing the gravity and consequences the problem, the provision of assistance by Bangladesh and the EU in the form of encouragement, is an valuable asset capable of holding the perpetrators ultimately accountable.