Coup in Myanmar: “No Signs” of an End to Brutal Repression on All Fronts |
“The military authorities show no sign of letting go in their brutal crackdown on opponents in order to consolidate their hold on power,” spokesman Rupert Colville Told journalists at a press conference.
Military authorities show no signs of giving up in brutal crackdown on opponents in an attempt to consolidate their grip on power
– OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville
According to credible reports, as of May 10, at least 782 people had been killed as security forces used unnecessary, disproportionate and deadly force to suppress protests and other forms of public participation since the February 1 military coup.
“While much of the world’s attention has been focused on the number of peaceful protesters and passers-by killed by security forces, the authorities continue to commit other gross human rights violations against the people of Myanmar, ”added Mr. Colville.
The OHCHR spokesperson called for greater international participation to prevent the human rights situation from deteriorating further.
In particular, he urged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to “react quickly and step up its actions” to ensure that Myanmar’s military leaders live up to the commitments they have made. in the five-point plan agreed at the regional bloc leaders’ meeting on April 24, in Jakarta.
The five-point consensus agreed on an immediate end to violence in Myanmar and a dialogue among all parties to seek a peaceful solution in the interest of the people.
Guterres: Respect the will of the people
The UN chief renewed his appeal to the military to respect the will of the people and to act in the best interests of peace and stability in the country.
He urged ASEAN “to honor its own commitments swiftly,” while urging the international community to support regional efforts and respond to growing humanitarian needs.
“The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Christine Schraner Burgener, is in the region and continues to engage intensively with a range of key stakeholders, especially in light of the wider ramifications of the crisis. It continues to promote coherent international action, ”the statement said.
“ Daily raids ” on homes and offices
Mr. Colville added that there were daily raids on private homes and offices, with more than 3,740 people currently in detention, many in situations that can amount to enforced disappearances.
“Of those in detention, the vast majority have not been brought before a judge, while most of the 86 people prosecuted so far have been tried in secret, with little or no access to some form of legal advice “, did he declare.
“Military tribunals and courts martial have been established in several cantons where martial law has been declared. To date, at least 25 people have been sentenced to death – around 20 of whom have been tried in absentia. “
The military are “ taking parents ”
Over the past month, military leaders have issued more than 1,561 arrest warrants for civil society activists, trade unionists, journalists, academics, public figures and online voices, leading the vast majority to ‘between them underground.
“To intensify the pressure, the military authorities resorted to taking the relatives of wanted persons into custody to force them to surrender to the police,” Colville said, adding that there was also increasing pressure. on officials to get back to work. .
In recent weeks, more than 3,000 civil servants – almost 70% women – have been dismissed, dismissed or suspended by the leaders of the coup. Those suspended also include 990 university professors, researchers and assistants.
In addition, according to reports, up to 11,000 additional workers in the education sector were suspended on Monday.
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“ Deeply concerned ” for those fleeing persecution
The OHCHR spokesperson also expressed “deep concern” for people fleeing persecution, in particular human rights defenders and journalists.
According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), several hundred people from Myanmar have passed through Thailand and India in recent weeks.
Those seeking safety outside Myanmar should receive such protection and support from Myanmar’s neighbors, Colville urged, adding that although it takes time to decide whether a person fleeing the country is a refugee or not, “at the very least they should be. treated as an asylum seeker and not forced to return ”.
“This is especially important for people with such sensitive jobs as journalists and those active in the civil disobedience movement, who oppose the Tatmadaw (Myanmar army).”