Myanmar: UN officials condemn military junta after 100-plus civilians killed in one day

A minimum of 114 individuals were eliminated Saturday throughout presentations in 44 towns and cities throughout the nation, according to a tally by the independent Myanmar Now news outlet.

In a joint declaration, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, UN Unique Consultant on the Avoidance of Genocide, and Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Person Rights, prompted the Myanmar armed force to “immediately stop killing the very people it has the duty to serve and protect.”

The authorities likewise “strongly condemned the Myanmar military’s widespread, lethal, increasingly systematic attacks against peaceful protesters, as well as other serious violations of human rights since it seized power on 1 February 2021.”

Myanmar security forces opened fire Sunday at individuals collected for the funeral service of among those eliminated the previous day, witnesses informed Reuters.

There were no instant reports of casualties in the shooting on the funeral service in the town of Bago, near the industrial capital Yangon, according to 3 individuals who spoke with Reuters.

“While we are singing the revolution song for him, security forces just arrived and shot at us,” stated a lady called Aye, who was at the service for Thae Maung Maung, a 20-year-old trainee who was shot on Saturday. “People, including us, run away as they opened fire.”

2 individuals were eliminated in shooting on demonstrations on Sunday in different occurrences somewhere else, witnesses and report stated, according to Reuters. A single person was eliminated when soldiers opened fire over night on a group of protesters near the capital Naypyitaw, Myanmar Now news reported.

Up until now on Sunday there were no reports of massive demonstrations in Yangon or in the nation’s 2nd city, Mandalay, which bore the impact of the casualties on Saturday, Myanmar’s Army Day, Reuters stated. Funeral services were kept in numerous locations.

A minimum of 6 kids in between the ages of 10 and 16 were amongst those eliminated on Saturday, according to report and witnesses.

According to the most recent tally by the not-for-profit Support Association for Political Prisoners, a minimum of 423 individuals have actually been eliminated in Myanmar considering that the military coup on February 1.

CNN has actually been not able separately to verify the variety of individuals eliminated.

The bloodshed Saturday drew restored Western condemnation. The UN Unique Rapporteur for Myanmar stated the army was performing “mass murder” and gotten in touch with the world to separate the junta and stop its access to weapons.

Foreign criticism and sanctions enforced by some Western countries have actually stopped working up until now to sway the military leaders, as have practically everyday demonstrations around the nation considering that the junta took power and apprehended chosen leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

“We salute our heroes who sacrificed lives during this revolution and We Must Win This REVOLUTION,” among the primary demonstration groups, the General Strike Committee of Nationalities (GSCN), published on Facebook.

Protesters occupy a street during a rally against the military coup on Saturday in Tarmwe township in Yangon, Myanmar.

Air campaign

Saturday likewise brought a few of the heaviest combating considering that the coup in between the army and the ethnic armed groups that manage swathes of the nation, according to Reuters.

Military jets had actually eliminated a minimum of 3 individuals in a raid on a town managed by an armed group from the Karen minority, a civil society group stated on Sunday, after the Karen National Union faction previously stated it had actually overrun an army post near the Thai border, eliminating 10 individuals. The air strikes sent out villagers running away into the jungle.

Battling emerged on Sunday in between another armed group, the Kachin Self-reliance Army, and the military in the jade-mining location of Hpakant in the north, according to Reuters. The Kachin forces assaulted a police headquarters and the military reacted with an aerial attack, Kachinwaves media reported.

There were no reports of casualties.

A junta spokesperson did not respond to calls from Reuters looking for discuss the killings or the combating.

Senior Gen. Minutes Aung Hlaing, the junta leader, stated throughout a parade to mark Army Day that the armed force would secure individuals and pursue democracy.

Family members cry in front of a man after he was shot dead during a crackdown on anti-coup protesters in Yangon, Myanmar, on Saturday.

‘Mass murder’

Nations consisting of the United States, Britain and the European Union highly condemned Saturday’s violence.

UN Unique Rapporteur Tom Andrews stated it was time for the world to act — if not through the UN Security Council then through a worldwide emergency situation top. He stated the junta needs to be cut off from financing, such as oil and gas profits, and from access to weapons.

“Words of condemnation or concern are frankly ringing hollow to the people of Myanmar while the military junta commits mass murder against them,” he stated in a declaration.

Nderitu and Bachelet called the killings “shameful, cowardly, brutal actions of the military and police, who have been filmed shooting at protesters as they flee, and who have not even spared young children.”

“This situation has also put at further risk the already vulnerable ethnic and religious minorities in Myanmar, including the Rohingya,” their joint declaration stated.

They contacted the global neighborhood to act, including: “The international community has a responsibility to protect the people of Myanmar from atrocity crimes.”

The leading military officer from the United States and almost a lots of his equivalents stated in a declaration that an expert armed force should follow global requirements for conduct “and is responsible for protecting — not harming — the people it serves.”

The military took power stating that November elections won by Suu Kyi’s celebration were deceitful, an assertion dismissed by the nation’s election commission.

Suu Kyi stays in detention at a concealed place and numerous other figures in her celebration are likewise in custody.

CNN’s Radina Gigova, Eleanor Pickston and Richard Roth added to this report.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.