onsdag 14. april 2021

UN rights chief fears Myanmar heading to 'full blown conflict' with echoes of Syria

The United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, has warned Myanmar is heading toward a "full blown conflict" with "clear echoes" of Syria in 2011, unless the international community steps in to stop the violence.

In a statement Tuesday, Bachelet urged states to take "immediate, decisive and impactful measures to push Myanmar's military leadership into halting its campaign of repression and slaughter of its people."
Her appeal referenced a bloody crackdown by security forces in the central town of Bago last week that killed at least 82 people and forced others to flee to nearby villages. Military forces fired on anti-coup protesters using assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), and hand grenades, according to advocacy group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).

A Facebook post from the Bago University Students' Union said the military charged families 120,000 Myanmar kyat ($85) to retrieve the bodies of relatives who died. Bachelet said there were also reports the military "prevented medical personnel from helping the wounded."