Secretary-General condemns the lethal use of force against protesters in Myanmar

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United nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres He spoke against the use of force against peaceful protesters, and urged a return to civilian rule.

“I condemn the use of deadly violence in Myanmar,” the UN Secretary-General said on Sunday in a post on his official Twitter account.

“The use of lethal force, intimidation and harassment against peaceful demonstrators is unacceptable. Everyone has the right to peaceful assembly. I call on all parties to respect the election results and return to civilian rule.”

Protests are growing steadily

Mass protests have grown steadily across Myanmar since the military seized power on February 1, following heightened tensions surrounding the November elections, which were won by the National League for Democracy (NLD). Senior party members, including Leader Aung San Suu Kyi, were arrested.

Crowds gathered in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of Myanmar, on Sunday to attend the funeral of a young woman who was confirmed to be the first person to be killed in the protests. Mia Thot Khin, 19, died on Friday after being shot in the head at a demonstration on 9 February.

Tom Andrews, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, expressed his regret for her death in a post on Twitter on Friday.

“Sadness and anger is my reaction to the news that Mia Thuy Thuy Khaieng died of injuries sustained by the police in a cruel and cowardly act while protesting against the coup in Myanmar. I and many others mourn the loss of a brave young woman and extend our deepest condolences to her family”

“Madness” must end

On Saturday, two people were killed in Mandalay, the country’s second largest city, when security forces opened fire on striking shipyard workers. Mr. Andrews was “terrified of further loss of life,” indicating that a boy was one of the victims.

“From water cannons to rubber bullets to tear gas, and now the tough forces have shot peaceful protesters. This madness must end now!” He said in a tweet on Saturday.

Earlier that day he posted: “The 33rd Light Infantry Division was reported to be involved in the deadly attacks in Mandalay today – the same division responsible for the mass atrocities crimes against the Rohingya in 2017. A dangerous escalation by the junta in what appears to be a war against the people of Myanmar “.

The role of rapporteurs

Special Rapporteurs like Mr. Andrews are not staff of the United Nations and the organization does not pay them. They are appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council To monitor and advise on specific country situations or thematic issues.

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