Bombs or Disease: The false choice in Myanmar’s conflict areas

by Jenny Domino If Myanmar needs a guide in its fight against COVID-19, it need look no further than what human rights law already demands of it. As COVID-19 cases surged in Rakhine State in late August, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi affirmed that government responses to the pandemic would not discriminate based on faith or ethnicity. No one would be left behind in the fight against COVID-19, she promised. These words carry particular weight in northern Rakhine, where an ethnic-based armed conflict persists. Fighting between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army has led to the death,…

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