UN Special Rapporteur: Action of the military junta in Myanmar is “mass murder”


The UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, Tom Andrews, has described the actions of the military junta in the country as “mass murder”. It is time for the world to intervene – if not through the Security Council, then through an international summit on Myanmar, said Andrews.
One could stop the oil and gas payments and thus the financial flows to the military in the country or stop the military’s access to weapons. Condemned or concerned statements are of little consolation for the people in Myanmar against whom the military is committing mass murder. Words were not enough, it was high time for robust and coordinated action.
On Saturday, the violent repression of the military regime in Myanmar against the street protests had the bloodiest escalation since the coup almost two months ago. According to media reports and eyewitnesses, security forces fired again on Saturday in several cities in the country, killing at least 114 people, including children.

In Mandalay in the center of the country alone, at least 40 people were killed, including a 13-year-old girl, reported the news portal Myanmar Now. At least 27 people were killed in the economic metropolis of Yangon. Nevertheless, the opposition has announced further protests for Sunday.

“We receive reports of dozens of deaths, including children, a hundred injured in 40 locations and mass arrests,” said the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Twitter on Saturday. However, not all reports could have been verified.
The military chiefs of a number of Western countries issued a joint statement condemning the violence against peaceful demonstrators in Myanmar. At the same time, they called on the military junta in the letter published on Sunday night to apply international standards of military professionalism. “A professional military abides by international standards of conduct and is responsible for protecting, not harming, the people it serves.”
The military chiefs called on the Myanmar armed forces to end the use of force and to work to “restore the respect and credibility to the people of Myanmar that they have lost through their actions.” The declaration was signed by Mark Milley, Chairman of the United States Chiefs of Staff, and his colleagues from Australia, Canada, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea and the UK.

Still, Myanmar’s military continues to have supporters in Russia and China. Both countries are veto powers in the UN Security Council. Diplomatic representatives from eight countries, Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand attended a military parade in the capital Naypyitaw on Saturday.

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