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The United Nations said Myanmar “went from the worst to the worst”.human rights news

Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews said Myanmar people are increasingly frustrated that they feel the international community has let them down.

Tom Andrews, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, said the situation for 54 million people in Myanmar has “worsened and worsened and become terrifying” since the military took power last year.

Andrews told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that the international response to the crisis caused by the February 2021 coup had “failed” and that the Myanmar military had committed war crimes, including sexual violence, torture and willful abuse. and committed crimes against humanity. Campaign against civilians, and murder.

Andrews was addressing the council on Wednesday, the day after it was revealed that at least 11 children had died. Killed in helicopter attack on school In north-central Sagaing, where the military claimed anti-coup fighters were hiding.

Myanmar was in crisis when Senior General Min Aung Hlaing arrested re-elected Aung San Suu Kyi and seized power on the day a new parliament was due to meet.

People took to the streets to stage mass protests, launching a nationwide campaign of civil disobedience. civilians take up armsMore than 2,300 people have been killed and thousands arrested since the coup, according to the Association for Political Prisoners Assistance, a civil society group that monitors the situation.

Andrews told the Human Rights Council that among those detained were 295 children and at least 84 political prisoners on death row.

The military rioted in July. hanged four pro-democracy activistsIt marks the first use of the death penalty since the late 1980s, involving a prominent former member of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy.

General Min Aung Hlaing secured a much-needed meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok earlier this month [File: Valery Sharifulin/Sputnik via AFP]

Earlier this week, the head of the UN team investigating human rights abuses in Myanmar also met with the Human Rights Council, telling member states that the scope and scale of the international crimes allegedly committed in Myanmar were “dramatic.” expanded to,” he said.

Nicholas Koumgiang of Myanmar’s Independent Investigation Institute (IIMM) told the council that the post-coup incident is now also a “major focus” of its investigation.

Senior generals and those with ties to the military were subject to Western sanctions, some military businesses were hit, and some international companies were forced to leave the country.

In response, the generals deepen relations with Russiaalso isolated over its invasion of Ukraine.

Given the circumstances, Andrews said the international community needed to take “stronger and more effective action to deprive the military regime and its armed forces of income, weapons and legitimacy.”

of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)It admitted Myanmar as a member in 1997.

As a result, ASEAN has banned military appointees from attending its annual summit, but earlier this week Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said there was no consensus whether the group needed to do more. should be “replaced with something better”, he said.

Saifuddin also drew angry condemnation from the Myanmar military, arguing that ASEAN should engage with a National Unity Government (NUG) set up by elected officials who have been ousted from power.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/9/22/un-told-myanmar-has-gone-from-bad-to-worse-to-horrific The United Nations said Myanmar “went from the worst to the worst”.human rights news

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