“Mass deaths from starvation, disease and exposure could occur in Kayah State after many 100,000 fleeing into forests from junta bombs were cut off from food, water and medicine by the junta. The international community must act,” the UN Special Rapporteur for Myanmar tweeted Tom Andrews, late Monday.
Mass deaths from starvation, disease and exposure could occur in Kayah State after many of the 100,000 who were forced to flee into the forests from the junta’s bombs were cut off from food, water and medicine by the junta. The international community must act. My full statement is below. pic.twitter.com/69fxZHRMN7
– UN Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews (@RaugeUn) June 8, 2021
In his warning, Mr Andrews noted that the Kayah State attacks were the latest in a chain across Myanmar that has caused mass displacement and suffering, from Motrau in Karen State to Mindat in Chin State and Bago City.
The independent human rights expert, who reports to Human Rights CouncilHowever, the lives of several thousand men, women and children were threatened by indiscriminate attacks, on a scale not seen since the February 1 coup, “likely amounting to mass atrocities”.
This development reflects the concern of the United Nations Country Team in Myanmar, which on Monday emphasized the rapid deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in Kayah State and other parts of the country, linked to the protests stemming from the military coup.
Basic needs are blocked
Citing reliable reports, Mr. Andrews said people are in dire need of food, water, medicine and shelter after reporting clashes with volunteer community militias, while the UN Country Team said many also sought safety in host communities and forests across Kayah and southern parts of Kayah State. Shan neighboring.
The Special Rapporteur said that the delivery of aid to those forced to flee their homes to escape bombing raids and artillery fire had allegedly been prevented and that the army had placed landmines on public roads.
“Any pressure or influence that UN member states can exert on the junta” must now be applied to encourage junta leader Min Aung Hlaing to allow in life-saving aid, and to stop “terrorizing the population by stopping the aerial bombardment, shelling and shooting of civilians.”
Medical teams target
In its appeal, the UNCT reiterated previous calls for all parties to protect all civilians and civilian infrastructure, “particularly medical units and health workers”.
Despite the fact that UN aid teams and partners have supplies ready for deployment, “insecurity, travel restrictions by security forces, and poor road conditions are delaying the delivery of supplies,” the country team said in a statement.
The United Nations Country Team is calling on the security forces to allow the safe passage of humanitarian supplies and personnel and to facilitate our ability to provide assistance directly to all those who need it.
“Now, more than ever, the international community must cut off access to the resources the junta needs to continue these brutal attacks on the people of Myanmar,” said Mr. Andrews.
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