Fri. Oct 22nd, 2021

A day after military junta forces killed at least 38 protesters in Myanmar, a United Nations human rights expert urged both the UN Security Council and its member-states to impose far-reaching punitive measures against the military’s senior leaders, associates and military-own companies.

Ahead of a UN Security Council meeting on Friday to discuss the situation in the Southeast Asian nation, Tomas Andrews, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, published a 52-page report on Thursday, describing the military junta as illegal, illegitimate and responsible for wide-ranging human rights violations against peaceful protestors.

“Every day the military junta in Myanmar unleashes more brutality on peaceful protesters who are standing up for justice, human rights and democracy, defending their nation against this illegal military coup,” Andrews said in a statement accompanying the report.

Since the military seized power in a coup on Feb. 1, arrested civilian leaders and declared itself the State Administrative Council, it has committed murder, arbitrary detention, beatings and probable enforced disappearances, the report states, adding it has also passed laws to suppress freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and the right to privacy.

“The coup completely overturned the rule of law in Myanmar,” it said.

Since the coup, millions of people have taken to the streets nationwide in a civil disobedience movement, demanding the release of all those who have been detained, the abolishment of the dictatorship and the reinstatement of democracy, among other demands.

The protests have been met with escalating violence with at least 23 deaths reported by Monday, the report said.

On Wednesday, Christine Schraner Burgener said 38 had been killed a day prior and that the stability of the region was slipping into a “real war.”

More than 50 people have been killed and more than 1,500 people have been arrested, charged or sentenced since the coup, according to data from Myanmar’s Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.

Andrews, in his report, urged the UN Security Council to impose a global arms embargo, targeted economic sanctions, deny recognition of the military junta and to refer the situation to the International Criminal Court for investigation. SOVEREIGNPH

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