Burning Myanmar: The growing use of arson against civilian communities
Between September 2021 and May 2022, CIR's Myanmar Witness project has verified almost 200 fires that have been reported to have occurred as part of arson attacks on civilian communities in Myanmar, affecting homes, buildings and livelihoods.
Some of the fires can be attributed to the Myanmar security forces and pro-military groups through either direct or indirect evidence. In a number of the cases, while the fire was the initial indicator, more evidence was identified providing further details on the context of the events, including killings, executions, forced displacement and detentions.
Some of these will be covered by a forthcoming Myanmar Witness report on retaliation against communities in the north-west of Myanmar.
Our investigation was featured in a recent BBC report on Myanmar: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-62208882
Download the full investigation below.