UN Commissioner calls for international effort on Myanmar “before it’s too late”
September 23 (Reuters) – The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Thursday warned of a human rights catastrophe under military rule in Myanmar and urged the international community to do more to prevent the worsening of the conflict.
“The national consequences are terrible and tragic – the regional consequences could also be profound,” Michelle Bachelet said in a statement.
âThe international community must redouble its efforts to restore democracy and prevent a wider conflict before it is too late.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military seized power on February 1, ending a decade of attempted democracy and sparking outrage at home and abroad at the return of military rule.
More than 1,120 people have been killed since the coup, according to the United Nations, many of them in a nationwide crackdown by security forces of pro-democracy strikes and protests, in which thousands people were arrested.
Armed resistance forces have formed in various regions, which have clashed with the army, prompting several thousand people to flee, including to neighboring India in recent days. Read more
Bachelet said the troops used weapons against civilians that were intended for military conflict and carried out “indiscriminate airstrikes and artillery barrages.”
Local media in Myanmar on Thursday reported deadly violence in at least five different regions and states, including the use of homemade bombs by militias allied with a shadow government, which earlier this month called for a “defensive war popular “against the junta. .
The military has called these “terrorists” whose campaign will fail.
Western countries have condemned the junta and imposed targeted sanctions, but critics say a tougher position needs to be taken, including an arms embargo.
Bachelet said Myanmar had not honored its agreement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to end the violence and start dialogue.
“This underscores the urgent need for strong accountability measures. It also runs counter to the commitments made to ASEAN leaders,” she said.
Reuters staff reports; Written by Martin Petty; Editing by Alison Williams and Chizu Nomiyama
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