The United Nations on Tuesday urged Burma to protect thousands of civilians fleeing for their lives under artillery fire and aerial bombings as conflict escalates between the Burmese army and ethnic Kachin rebels in the country’s northernmost state. 

With the eyes of the world still focused on the terrible plight of Rohingya Muslims, over 160,000 of whom have been forced from their homes since last August, the regime has allegedly stepped up atrocities and potential war crimes against another Burmese ethnic minority.  

UN human rights expert Yanghee Lee this week expressed grave concerns over a sharp spike in hostilities in Kachin state in April, reporting that heavy weapons used against civilian…

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