UN warns of escalating violence in Myanmar

Bangkok – (DPA):

The United Nations has warned of an escalation of violence in Myanmar, in light of the political crisis the country is going through.

A statement by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said today, Friday, that reports indicate a further military escalation, especially in Kayah State, in the east of the country, and Chin State, in the west, more than four months after the military coup in the country at the beginning of the year. last February.

The statement added that the Myanmar army uses heavy weapons and resorts to air strikes, not only against armed groups, but also against civilians.

Bachelet said that more than 108,000 people in Kayah state, which borders the border with Thailand, have become homeless, with many stranded in forest areas, where there may be no food, water, sanitation or medical care.

A few days ago, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Tom Andrews, warned of mass deaths in the region.

“Instead of seeking dialogue, the military describes its opponents as ‘terrorists’ and makes politically motivated accusations against the democratic leadership,” Bachelet continued.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights appealed to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and “other actors” to insist on an immediate end to the war and violence in Myanmar.

Myanmar’s judiciary has charged the leader of the ousted civilian government, Aung San Suu Kyi, and other former senior officials with the crimes.

“In just over four months, Myanmar has gone from a fragile democracy to a human rights disaster,” Bachelet said.

Bachelet stressed that the Myanmar military junta is solely responsible for the crisis and must be held accountable.

Bachelet is preparing to brief the United Nations Human Rights Council on the situation in Myanmar on July 7.

Since the military coup in Myanmar in early February, the country has plunged into chaos and violence.

Myanmar’s military leaders ousted the democratically elected government of de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, which has been under house arrest ever since.

According to Prisoners Assistance Organization estimates, more than 850 people have been killed in the ongoing protests against the Myanmar military junta.




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