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If you think you’ve been a victim of scam, there are a few important steps you should take right away .
Have you tried reaching out to the company? Companies can usually answer questions unique to your situation and more specific to the products and services they offer.
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You generally can’t submit a second complaint about the same problem, so include this information to help the company respond to your complaint.
Key facts in your own words
- Be clear and concise about the problem you’re having
- Include only the most important dates, amounts, and communications you’ve had with the company
- Attach documents that support the facts like account statements and communications with the company. Limit: 50 pages
- If you’re submitting for someone else, note that companies generally require signed, written authorization provided directly by their customer before responding to someone other than their customer. If you have written authorization, consider attaching it.
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- You will need to provide your address. Without this, the company won't be able to respond to your complaint.
- If you are submitting for someone else, you must disclose your relationship to the consumer and that you are submitting a complaint on their behalf.
- We’ll share your complaint with the company so it can review and respond to the issues you’ve described.
- If we can’t send your complaint to the company for response, we’ll send it to another federal agency and let you know.
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- monitoring of the market for consumer financial products and services.
- We publish complaint data (without information that directly identifies you) in our Consumer Complaint Database .
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Your complaint goes through several steps that help you get a response and help us identify problems in the marketplace.
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You submit a complaint, or another government agency forwards your complaint to us. You will receive email updates and can check the status of your complaint.
We'll send your complaint directly to the company so it can review the issues in your complaint. If we find that another government agency would be better able to assist, we will send your complaint to them and let you know.
3. Company response
The company will communicate with you as needed and respond to the issues in your complaint. Companies generally respond in 15 days. In some cases, the company will let you know their response is in progress and provide a final response in 60 days.
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We publish information about your complaint (without information that directly identifies you) in our public Consumer Complaint Database. With your consent we also publish your description of what happened, after taking steps to remove personal information. Learn more about how we share complaint data .
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We will let you know when the company responds. You’ll be able to review the company’s response and will have 60 days to provide feedback about the company's response.
If you suspect a scam, there are a few important steps you should take right away.
- Contact your local police or sheriff’s office to report the scam.
- Contact your state attorney general. Visit the National Association of Attorneys General website for the contact information of each state attorney general.
- If the victim is an older person or a person with a disability, contact your local adult protective services agency. You can find your state or local agency that receives and investigates reports of suspected elder financial exploitation by using the online Eldercare Locator or calling (800) 677-1116 .
- If you or someone you care about is the victim of a fraud, scam or financial exploitation, you can report the fraud or scam to the Federal Trade Commission.
Because all scams are different, you might have to reach out to a number of other local, state, and federal agencies depending on your situation.
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You (or your representative) have the right to file a confidential safety and health complaint and request an OSHA inspection of your workplace if you believe there is a serious hazard or if you think your employer is not following OSHA standards. The complaint should be filed as soon as possible after noticing the hazard. A signed complaint is more likely to result in an onsite inspection.
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You have the right to file a whistleblower complaint with OSHA if you believe your employer retaliated against you for exercising your rights as an employee under the whistleblower protection laws enforced by OSHA. In states with OSHA-approved State Plans, employees may file complaints with Federal OSHA and with the State Plan . See the Whistleblower Protection Program website to learn more.
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Fax, mail, or email either a letter describing your complaint or a printed copy of your completed Online Whistleblower Complaint Form to your local OSHA office . Please make sure that your correspondence includes your name, mailing address, email address, and telephone or fax number so we can contact you to follow up.
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Posted By HIPAA Journal on Jan 1, 2023
It is important for all employees in the healthcare and healthcare insurance industries to understand what constitutes a HIPAA violation and how to report a HIPAA violation. Understanding what constitutes a HIPAA violation should be included in HIPAA training, as should the correct person to direct a report to. This person then has the responsibility to determine whether or not the HIPAA violation should be reported to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR).
Potential HIPAA violations must be investigated internally by HIPAA Covered Entities and – where applicable – by Business Associates to determine the severity of the violation and whether it qualifies as a data breach. If the violation does qualify as a data breach, the violation should be assessed to ascertain the risk to individuals impacted by the incident, to ensure action is taken promptly to correct the violation, and to mitigate the risk of a reoccurrence. The sooner a HIPAA violation is reported, the easier it will be to limit the potential harm that may be caused and to prevent further violations of HIPAA Rules.
Reporting HIPAA Violations Internally
When healthcare or insurance professionals suspect a violation of HIPAA has occurred, the incident should be reported to a supervisor, the organization’s Privacy Officer, or to the individual responsible for HIPAA compliance in the organization.
The report will have to be investigated internally and a decision made about whether it is a reportable breach under provisions of the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule. Oftentimes, minor incidents do not result in impermissible disclosures of PHI or are so inconsequential that they do not warrant notifications to be issued – such as when minor errors are made in good faith or if PHI has been disclosed and there is little risk the information being retained.
Accidental HIPAA violations occur even when great care is taken by members of the workforce to work compliantly; and, if you have made a mistake, accidentally viewed PHI of a patient that you are not authorized to view, or another individual in your organization is suspected of violating HIPAA Rules, you should report HIPAA violations promptly. The failure to do so is likely to be viewed unfavorably if it is later discovered.
How to Report a HIPAA Violation to HHS’ Office for Civil Rights
It is also permitted for employees and patients to bypass notifying the Covered Entity and file a HIPAA complaint directly to HHS´ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) if it is believed that a Covered Entity has violated the HIPAA Privacy, Security, or Breach Notification Rules. In all cases, serious violations of HIPAA rules including potential criminal violations, willful/widespread neglect of HIPAA Rules, and multiple suspected HIPAA violations should be reported to the Office for Civil Rights directly.
HIPAA complaints can be submitted via the OCR’s Complaint Portal online, although OCR will also accept complaints via fax, mail, or email. Contact information for HIPAA violation reporting can be found on the above link.
In order for OCR to determine whether a violation is likely to have occurred, the reason for the HIPAA complaint should be stated along with the potential violation. Information will need to be supplied about the Covered Entity (or Business Associate), the date when the HIPAA violation is suspected of occurring, the address where the violation occurred – if known – and when the complainant learned of the possible HIPAA violation.
Complaints should be submitted within 180 days of the violation being discovered, although in certain cases, an extension to the HIPAA violation reporting time limit may be granted if there is good cause.
While complaints can be submitted anonymously, it is important to bear in mind that OCR will not investigate any HIPAA complaint if a name and contact information is not supplied.
All complaints will be read and assessed, and investigations into HIPAA complaints will be launched if HIPAA Rules are suspected of being violated and the complaint is submitted inside the 180-day timeframe.
Not all HIPAA violations result settlements or civil monetary penalties. Most often, issues are resolved through voluntary compliance, technical guidance, or if the Covered Entity or Business Associate agrees to take corrective action.
How to Report a HIPAA Violation: FAQs
Are these procedures just for employees of covered entities and business associates.
These procedures are not just for employees of covered entities and business associates. They apply for all members of the workforce, which can include volunteers, students, and agency personnel. Effectively, every person under a covered entity´s control – whether they are paid by the covered entity or not – should be told what constitutes a HIPAA violation and how to report it either to a supervisor, a compliance officer, or OCR directly.
What happens if I report a clear and ongoing violation to my supervisor, but they do nothing about it?
If you report a clear and ongoing violation to a supervisor and they do nothing about it, you should escalate the report to your compliance officer. If the compliance officer fails to take action, further escalate the report to OCR with an explanation that you have reported the violation to your supervisor and compliance officer, but no action appears to have been taken.
A colleague told me it could affect my work prospects if I report a HIPAA violation. Is this right?
It could affect your work prospects is you report a HIPAA violation that is not a violation because complying with any subsequent investigation will be seen as a waste of time and resources (if the complaint is not valid or justified) and will probably result in further training – possibly not just for you but also for other members of the workforce as well.
With regards to justified reports of HIPAA violations, the “compliance and investigations” section of the HIPAA Administrative Simplification provisions includes a standard (§160.316) that prohibits covered entities and business associates from taking any discriminatory or retaliatory action against any individual for filing a complaint to OCR or for assisting OCR´s investigation into the complaint. If your work prospects suffer as a result of reporting a HIPAA violation, you should report the retaliatory action to OCR.
How do I report a suspicion that a colleague is stealing PHI to sell?
If you suspect a colleague is stealing PHI to sell, you should report your suspicions to a supervisor or the compliance manager in the same way you would report a HIPAA violation. If the suspicion is confirmed, the usual course of action is for the compliance manager to report the event to OCR who will consider whether it justifies criminal investigation; and, if so, forward the report to the Department of Justice.
How long do you have to report a HIPAA violation and is it necessary to report violations of HIPAA within 180 days?
You have 180 days to report a HIPAA violation to HHS´ Office for Civil Rights (OCR), but timeframes can differ if you wish to report a HIPAA violation to a covered entity or a state Attorney General. With regards to the 180 day limit, this exists not only to encourage timely reports of HIPAA violations, but also to reduce the risk of reports being duplicated (i.e., reported by more than one person) and to avoid OCR having to investigate historical violations that may have already been resolved following an internal audit or risk assessment.
How do members of the public go about reporting a HIPAA violation?
Members of the public go about reporting a HIPAA violation in the same way as members of a covered entity´s workforce. They can report a HIPAA violation to the covered entity´s HIPAA Privacy Officer (whose contact details should be on the organization´s Notice of Privacy Practices), to their state Attorney General, or directly to OCR via the online complaints portal.
Is reporting HIPAA violations effective?
Reporting HIPAA violations can be effective depending on the information included in the report. For example, if you report that an unnamed person disclosed unspecified information about someone whose name you can´t remember “sometime last year”, it is unlikely your report will be effective.
If, however, you provide sufficient information to justify an investigation, it is more likely the report will be acted upon. Furthermore, if you report a HIPAA violation to a covered entity´s Privacy Officer, and make it clear you are aware you also have the right to file a complaint with the state Attorney General or OCR, you may find the response to your report is expedited.
If you believe a privacy violation has taken place, who should you report it to?
If you believe a privacy violation has taken place, you should report it to the Privacy Officer responsible for HIPAA compliance at the organization where the violation occurred. If you fail to get an appropriate response, you can escalate the report to your state Attorney General or HHS´ Office for Civil Rights.
What is the process for HIPAA violation reporting?
The process for HIPAA violation reporting can vary according to who the report is made to, but generally:
The recipient of the report will acknowledge it and review the report to see if the event being alleged is actually a violation of HIPAA (two-thirds of reports received by HHS´ Office for Civil Rights are not HIPAA violations).
If the event does qualify as a HIPAA violation and there is sufficient information in the report to conduct an investigation, the recipient will look into the allegation. If not, they might write to you for further information.
When any investigation is complete, the outcome is most usually voluntary compliance or technical assistance to prevent the HIPAA violation reoccurring. This usually involves a change to policies and procedures and staff retraining.
If the nature of the HIPAA violation is serious, the organization responsible for the HIPAA violation may be fined; or, if the violation is criminal in nature, the case could be referred to the Department of Justice for prosecution.
How do you file a HIPAA complaint against an organization?
You can file a HIPAA complaint against an organization is several ways. You can either complain directly to the organization, file a HIPAA complaint with your state Attorney General, or contact HHS´ Office for Civil Rights. If the organization is a service provider (“Business Associate”) for a health plan or healthcare provider, you can also complain to the health plan or healthcare provider.
Where should I report HIPAA violations if I am the victim of a data breach?
If you are the victim of a data breach, you should report HIPAA violations to HHS´ Office for Civil Rights. However, before doing so, it is important to be sure the data breach is attributable to HIPAA violations by the organization you are reporting. It may be the case the breach is attributable to the negligence of another organization your health information was permissibly disclosed to. If you report HIPAA violations against the wrong organization, it may delay the resolution of your complaint.
How do you report a HIPAA violation?
You can report a HIPAA violation by contacting the Privacy Officer at the organization at which the violation occurred. The Privacy Officer´s contact details are on the organization´s Notice of Privacy Practices. If you feel your report is not being attended to in a timely manner, you can escalate the report to your state Attorney General and/or HHS´ Office for Civil Rights.
Whom should you report a possible PHI breach to?
In the first instance, you should report a possible PHI breach to the health plan or healthcare provider you believe is responsible for the breach. The organization will conduct an investigation and notify you if your PHI has indeed been breached. If you feel the organization is not responding to your report in a timely manner, you can report a possible PHI breach directly to HHS´ Office for Civil Rights.
What are the HIPAA violation reporting requirements?
The HIPAA violation reporting requirements relate to violations that result in breaches of unsecured PHI. All breaches of unsecured PHI have to be reported to the affected individuals within sixty days and to HHS´ Office for Civil Rights at the end of each year – unless the breach affects 500 or more individuals, in which case HHS´ Office for Civil Rights must be notified within sixty days.
How do I contact HIPAA about violations?
You don’t contact HIPAA about violations. HIPAA is a law regulated by the Department of Health & Human Services´ Office for Civil Rights and you can contact the agency directly if you believe the privacy or the security of your individually identifiable health information has been compromised by an organization’s non-compliance with HIPAA.
How do you report a nurse for a HIPAA violation?
To report a nurse for a HIPAA violation, the best person to contact is the Privacy Officer at the organization where the nurse is employed. The Privacy Officer´s contact details are on the Notice of Privacy Practices; and, when contacting them, you need to provide as much information as possible about the violation – especially if there has been an impermissible use or disclosure of PHI.
Who do you contact for a HIPAA violation by a pharmacy?
Who you contact for a HIPAA violation by a pharmacy can be either the pharmacy itself, the pharmacy´s head office (if it is part of a larger group), your state Attorney General, or HHS´ Office for Civil Rights. It may also be the case that the pharmacy is part of an Organized Health Care Arrangement, in which case you can contact the Arrangement´s HIPAA Privacy Officer.
How do you report HIPAA violations by home health workers?
You can report HIPAA violations by home health workers to the healthcare organization they are employed by. In most cases, the contact details of the person responsible for receiving reports is the HIPAA Privacy Officer. Their contact details should be on the Notice of Privacy Practices given to you when you first registered with the healthcare organization. If you cannot find your copy of the Notice of Privacy Practices, the Notice should also be published on the organization’s website.
In the event you have exhausted all reporting options within your organization, who can you report a HIPAA violation to?
In the event you have exhausted all reporting options within your organization, you can report a HIPAA violation to HHS´ Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Unfortunately, it is not possible to file a HIPAA complaint anonymously; however, §160.316 of HIPAA prohibits organizations taking discriminatory or retaliatory action against an individual filing a complaint with OCR.
What is the HIPAA violation reporting phone number?
The HIPAA violation reporting phone number is the number provided on the Notice of Privacy Practices provided to you by the healthcare organization or health plan you wish to file a complaint against (it will also be on their websites). If you want to report a HIPAA violation to a state Attorney General or HHS´ Office for Civil Rights you will have to write, email, or use an online portal.
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In large metropolitan areas and small towns across the US, parking regulations ensure that neighborhoods are safe and livable. An illegally parked car can interfere with emergency responders as well as disrupt the smooth flow of traffic. Reporting illegal parking is a service to your community. Gather as much information as you can about the vehicle and the location where it is parked. In most places, you can either report online or over the phone.  X Research source
- You might also want to note if the plate is expired. Many cities have different regulations for parking a vehicle with expired plates.
- If the vehicle doesn't have a license plate, write down that information. In most cities, you cannot park a vehicle on the street at all unless it has a license plate. Lack of a plate might also indicate the vehicle is abandoned.
- Taking a photo of the license plate is an easy way to get that information down and transmit it to parking enforcement accurately, even if you aren't able to submit the photo itself.
- If the car is parked next to an expired meter, or in a "no parking" zone, try to get some sign of the parking infraction in your photo.
- Note which side of the street the car is on. In some cities, this is designated by a direction. You can also note which direction the car is pointing.
- For example, you might write "Car illegally parked in handicap zone on the south side of Sunshine Avenue, between 7th and 8th street."
- For example, in some cities, commercial vehicles cannot be parked overnight in residential areas. A car parked in a residential neighborhood at 4:00 p.m. wouldn't necessarily be a violation, while if it was parked at 4:00 a.m. it would be.
- If the car has been there for several days, it's likely other people have also reported it. Parking enforcement may prioritize an incident if it was reported by numerous concerned citizens.
- For example, some cities may not allow a car to occupy a parking place for more than 3 days. If you know the car has been there for 2 days, you may want to wait a day before making your report.
- If you can find a specific regulation number, write it down to include with your report. Parking enforcement may respond quicker if you can let them know exactly why the car is parked illegally.
- Identifying details about the condition of the car can also help parking enforcement officers find the specific car you're reporting.
- Also make note if the car appears to have been vandalized, such as broken windows or missing tires.
Filing a Report Online
- Make sure the site you find is official before you submit any information. Most government websites for major cities end in ".gov" or ".us." If you're not sure, look for an "about" page.
- At a minimum, include a thorough description of the car and its location. You should also include the date and time that you saw the vehicle. If you've seen it over a period of time, include that information as well.
- Some cities require you to provide a valid email address when submitting an online report.
- During regular business hours, reporting illegal parking on social media may actually result in a quicker and more direct response.
- Keep in mind that you may not get an immediate response using this method, particularly if you're filing your report at night or on weekends. Parking enforcement social media accounts may only be monitored during regular business hours.
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- Search for "parking enforcement" with the name of your city to find the number online. If your city has an information line, you also may be able to connect with parking enforcement through that number.
- If your city doesn't have a dedicated parking enforcement line, call the police non-emergency number. Don't call 911 unless there are lives immediately at risk.
- Talking to an enforcement officer typically is more efficient. You can provide them your information directly, and if they have any additional questions they can ask you right then.
- You may also be able to get some idea of when the car will be moved. This might be particularly important if the car is impacting you personally, such as if it's blocking your driveway or in front of your business.
- Provide as many specific details as possible, speaking in a clear, concise voice.
- Some cities may allow you to report anonymously. Include your name and phone number or email address if you want them to follow up with you on your report.
- Even if you didn't speak to a live representative the first time, try to get someone on the line if you're calling to follow up. Provide them with your case number, if your report was assigned one.
- If you aren't getting any results from the parking enforcement number, you might want to try the police non-emergency line.
- Police and parking enforcement typically don't respond to vehicles parked illegally on private property. Contact the owner of the property to have the vehicle removed.  X Research source ⧼thumbs_response⧽ Helpful 0 Not Helpful 1
- This article primarily covers reporting illegal parking in the United States. The procedures in other countries will likely be similar. Contact your local parking or law enforcement office for more information about reporting illegal parking where you live. ⧼thumbs_response⧽ Helpful 1 Not Helpful 2
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- ↑ https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/369564
- ↑ http://www.philapark.org/2014/07/see-an-illegally-parked-car-let-us-know-heres-how/
- ↑ https://www1.nyc.gov/apps/311universalintake/form.htm
- ↑ http://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/service/1894/illegal-parking-complaint
- ↑ https://www.sandiego.gov/police/services/units/traffic/abandonedvehicle
- ↑ https://311.boston.gov/reports/new?service_id=4f389210e75084437f0001e5
- ↑ https://www.eugene-or.gov/2779/Report-Car-Parked-on-the-Street
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To report illegal parking, gather all relevant information about the incident and report it to your city authority online. Start by noting down the make, color, model, and plate number of the vehicle so it can easily be identified. You should also take down the cross streets and block number where the vehicle is parked. Remember to note the date and time when you saw the vehicle as well. Once you’ve recorded this information, search online for your city’s parking reporting form by typing “report illegal parking” and your city’s name into a search engine. Fill out the form in full, including your contact details so a parking officer can follow up if they need further details. Alternatively, search for your city’s parking enforcement phone number so you can report the incident over the phone. for tips on how to follow-up on your report, keep reading! Did this summary help you? Yes No
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The U.S. Supreme Court today held that the penalty for violating the “Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts” (FBAR) rules to report a qualifying account applies on a per-report basis, and not on a per-account basis.
The court’s decision resolved a split between the Fifth Circuit, which held the penalty applied on a per-account basis, and the Ninth Circuit, which held the penalty applied on a per-report basis.
The case is: Bittner v. United States , No. 21-1195 (S. Ct. February 28, 2023). Read the Court’s opinion [PDF 202 KB].
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- The taxpayer (born in Romania and a naturalized U.S. citizen) returned to Romania where he earned millions of dollars in various investments and business interests. To manage his wealth, the taxpayer maintained dozens of numbered bank accounts (to hide his name) in Romania, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. The taxpayer was unaware that as a U.S. citizen, he had to report his interests in certain foreign financial accounts, and he never filed FBARs while living in Romania.
- The taxpayer returned to the United States in 2011. Upon learning of his FBAR reporting obligations, he ultimately filed FBARs for the years 2007 to 2011. However, those FBARs listed only his largest account and incorrectly stated he did not have an interest in 25 or more qualifying accounts. Two years later, in 2013, amended FBARs were filed disclosing the unreported accounts.
- The U.S. government assessed $2.72 million in civil penalties against the taxpayer for non-willful violations—$10,000 for each unreported account each year from 2007 to 2011 (for a total of 272 accounts).
- In 2019, the government brought suit in federal district court to reduce these penalty assessments to judgment. The district court (on cross-motions for summary judgment) found the taxpayer was liable for a penalty for violations of the FBAR rules; however, the district court reduced the assessment to $50,000, holding that the $10,000 maximum penalty attaches to each failure to file an annual FBAR—not to each failure to report an account.
- The Fifth Circuit in December 2021 held that the penalty for violation of the FBAR rules applies on a per-account basis, and thus vacated and remanded this part of the district court’s judgment. Read TaxNewsFlash
- The Fifth Circuit’s holding differed from the holding of the Ninth Circuit in a March 2021 decision that one penalty applies for the untimely filing of a single accurate FBAR that includes multiple foreign accounts, creating a split between these circuits. Read TaxNewsFlash
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DELIVERED BY Volker Türk, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights AT 52nd Session of the Human Rights Council FROM Interactive dialogue on Myanmar LOCATION Geneva
Mr President, Excellencies, Colleagues, Friends
Myanmar is a country close to my heart – one that I have travelled to often. At the time of the elections in 2015, I witnessed the complex process of opening to the world that the nation had embarked on, and I was inspired by the hope and optimism that we saw at that time as part of the nation-building process.
The people of Myanmar knew that they faced many challenges. Decades of isolation. Protracted repression. Ethnic nationalism – and particularly severe discrimination, structural exclusion and violence against the Rohingya, many of whom I've met over many years. Lost educational opportunities. Poverty. It was never going to be simple, but there was sincere, whole-hearted hope.
But hope is rare now in Myanmar.
As the country enters the third year of the crisis generated by military rule, its people continue to suffer profound human rights harms; an expanding humanitarian emergency; continuing impunity of the military authorities; and a deepening economic crisis.
Armed conflict has continued to grow in scope and intensity, with attacks on civilians reminiscent of those in 2017, when the military attacked Rohingya communities in Rakhine State.
However, military operations now increasingly involve the use of airstrikes, artillery shelling and heavy weaponry against civilian communities across the country.
Our latest report ( A/HRC/52/21 ) details a number of incidents, investigated by my staff, in which hundreds of houses were burned and dozens of people – including children – killed by shelling and military raids.
Overall, the military increased airstrikes against civilian locations by 141% in the second year of the military takeover. Its artillery shelling of communities, including hospitals, schools and places of worship, increased by over 100%.
Despite official claims that such tactics are aimed at anti-military armed groups, in numerous cases, testimony gathered by my Office has not indicated the presence of such groups.
The military’s use of arson throughout the country echoes its past attacks on civilians in Rakhine State. Incidents in which homes and neighbourhoods have been set on fire have risen by 380% in the second year after the coup -- leading to an estimated 1,200% increase in the number of homes destroyed.
Particularly in Sagaing Region, northwest of Mandalay, we continue to receive daily reports of new incidents, with soldiers reportedly moving from village to village, looting and then setting fire to homes and farms.
UN colleagues indicate that since the military takeover, some 39,000 structures have been burned in villages and towns where the military has operated. Satellite images confirm that numerous incidents have involved destruction of entire villages, while other villages have been set on fire on multiple occasions.
People who are unable to flee risk being burned to death. Those who can escape – over 1.3 million people displaced since the coup was launched – face destitution.
Overall, credible sources have verified that at least 2,947 civilians have been killed by the military and its affiliates since 2021, including 244 children. More than one third of these confirmed deaths occurred in military custody. The actual number of civilian killings is almost certainly far higher.
The disregard and contempt for human life and human rights that are continuously demonstrated by the military constitute an outrage to the conscience of humanity.
Cases have been reported of some armed groups attacking and killing civilians perceived to be working for or with the military. In some of these incidents, the targets have included family members. Such acts are not in any way a legitimate form of opposition or resistance. They constitute murder and must be condemned.
While I note that the scale of human rights abuses committed by armed groups appears considerably lower than the violations committed by the military, I must emphasise that all armed parties must institute or strengthen efforts to comply with the fundamental principles of international humanitarian law, notably civilian protection.
It is imperative that the military respect the Security Council’s December resolution S/RES/2669 and take steps to end the violence.
On 1 February 2023, two years since seizing power, the military extended the state of emergency, and since then has twice expanded martial law to cover large areas of the northwest and southeast of the country.
This subjects civilians to the expanded jurisdiction of military tribunals, with no right of appeal – even upon imposition of the death penalty. Credible sources verified that since 1 February 2021, at least 17,572 people have been arrested (including 381 children) with 13,763 remaining in detention.
Detainees across the country have reported severe beatings; mock executions; suspension from ceilings without food or water; electrocution; and acts of sexual violence. I condemn this apparently widespread use of torture and ill-treatment, as well as consistent reports of squalid conditions of detention.
The rights to freedom of expression, association, assembly, and movement have been increasingly – it appears, strategically – restricted, and continue to strangle media freedoms and civic space.
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Additional burdensome restrictions have been imposed on the registration of non-profit organizations and their capacity to function.
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on people’s basic subsistence and poverty levels in the country is also alarming.
Across the country, 17.6 million people now need humanitarian assistance, and over 15.2 million face acute food insecurity. At a time of such dire humanitarian needs, these regulations will impede the capacity of many NGOs to deliver essential goods and services.
The Rohingya community still remaining in Myanmar, which has already endured decades of persecution, continues to face widespread and systematic discrimination in every area of life.
The necessary conditions for voluntary, safe and dignified returns of refugees to Rakhine State simply do not exist, and the over one million Rohingya who remain in forced exile in Bangladesh and other countries, as well as hundreds of thousands who are internally displaced, face a bleak present, and worse future.
Over the past year, thousands more Rohingya have sought to flee unbearable conditions. At least 3,500 attempted sea crossings in 2022– a 360 percent increase from 2021. At least 348 of them died or went missing at sea. It is a tragedy.
In addition, around 2,000 Rohingya people were arrested in 2022 for so-called “unauthorised travel” within Myanmar.
The urgent goals must be recognition of citizenship, and the exercise of rights associated with it, as well as security – repeatedly requested by the Rohingya as essential to conditions that would be conducive for their return.
In the interim, I appeal to all countries to provide continued robust support to people fleeing Myanmar, and to their host communities in the region, notably in Bangladesh. Host countries really need continued and sustained support.
The terrible fire that raged last night across part of the camps in southern Bangladesh where more than one million Rohingya refugees take shelter underscores the precarity of their position. Recent sharp reductions of food rations in the camps – due to shortfalls in funding – compound their hardship and the general insecurity in these camps.
There needs to be increased international support, as well as the provision of education and livelihood opportunities to the refugees, to uphold their dignity and reduce their dependency. I was moved last month to see the gesture of a number of Rohingya, who have lost everything, but nonetheless providing support to earthquake victims in Türkiye and Syria.
There will be no durable vision for the future without accountability for the cruel violence of the past.
The continuing proceedings before both the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court, with respect to the severe violations of the most basic human rights that have been visited upon the Rohingya as a group, simply for who they are, warrant every support.
I remain deeply concerned by the prospect of new elections taking place in Myanmar while violence spirals out of control, amid mass displacement, and the arbitrary detention of elected political leaders in February 2021, and thousands of others since then, whose only crime was to oppose the military takeover.
The elections of November 2020 made clear that what the people of the country wanted was to continue the hard-won path of democratic reform. It is critical that the country’s future is decided by a process led by the people of Myanmar.
I call on members of this Council to do their utmost to deliver humanitarian support directly to Myanmar’s people, including by channelling operations through grassroots organisations.
And I call on all United Nations Member States to promote dialogue and sustainable solutions that are representative of the will of the Myanmar people, in order to bring an end to this brutal crisis.
The people of Myanmar deserve a better future.
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