The Hong Kong-based group said it has been following with concern news of the police targeting of gay and transgender people in Myanmar, and has recently obtained detailed information on a number of cases of alleged arbitrary arrest, detention and torture of people on the grounds of sexual orientation.
The AHRC statement singled out the situation in Mandalay where police have been conducting an operation against gay and transgender people congregating in certain public places in the city in recent weeks.
The Irrawaddy (Myanmar-language edition) on Friday quoted police spokesman Pol Maj Soe Nyein as saying that, “We had to detain the fags because they were disturbing passersby at the moat, by doing and saying whatever they like… homosexuality is not in accordance with law. If people complain, we’ll take action.”
The AHRC said such assertions were against the human rights of the victims of these police attacks and are also false as no law exists in Burma to prohibit homosexuality, or the congregating of homosexual people in public places.