Hundreds of houses and places of worship continue to be burned down in Thantlang, a town in Myanmar’s Christian-majority Chin state, according to reports.
The town has been deserted after four months of intense fighting, but the Burmese Army known as the Tatmadaw continues to set houses and churches on fire, said the Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO).
On December 30, the Assembly of God church and one of the buildings of the Thantlang Association of Baptist Churches were burned down along with more than 50 structures, said the rights group.
The report said soldiers of the Light Infantry Battalion 222, 269, and Light Infantry Division 66 were responsible for the fires, which started from four different blocks and lasted for nearly nine hours.
The group International Christian Concern also reported that a 16-year-old youth, arrested on Christmas eve while visiting a prayer mount in Chin state’s capital Hakha, was paraded by soldiers on the streets to identify townsfolk suspected of anti-junta activities.
Another teenager is held incommunicado and might be tortured under LIB 266 custody, said the report.
The atrocities committed by the Tatmadaw against churches and civilians should never be tolerated, said the Christian rights group as it called on the international community “to take effective measures to stop the junta before more innocent lives are lost.”