Stop murdering and jailing protestors, UN human rights chief tells Myanmar navy

Myanmar crisis: ‘All options should be on the table’, UN Human Rights Council hears

“It is utterly abhorrent that security forces are firing live ammunition against peaceful protesters across the country”, Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said

“I am also appalled at the documented attacks against emergency medical staff and ambulances attempting to provide care to those who have been injured”, she added. 

It is completely abhorrent that safety forces are firing dwell ammunition towards peaceable protesters throughout the nation. I’m additionally appalled on the documented assaults towards emergency medical employees and ambulances making an attempt to offer care to those that have been injured 
  – High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet 

According to the High Commissioner’s Office (OHCHR), of the 54 instances it has documented, at the very least 30 folks had been killed in Yangon, Mandalay, Sagaing, Magway and Mon by safety forces on Wednesday. Another particular person was documented to have been killed on Tuesday, 18 folks on Sunday, and 5 previous to that.  

The precise dying toll, nonetheless, OHCHR stated, may very well be a lot increased as these are the figures it has been in a position to confirm. It can be tough to determine the variety of accidents, however credible info signifies, at a minimal, a whole bunch have been wounded throughout protests, the Office added. 

Furthermore, over 1,700 folks have been arbitrarily arrested and detained in relation to their participation in protests or engagement in political exercise, for the reason that military takeover on 1 February. On Wednesday alone, at the very least 700 folks had been detained, stated the UN human rights workplace. 

They embody members of parliament, political activists and election officers, authors, rights defenders, lecturers, healthcare staff, civil servants, journalists, monks, and celebrities. 

‘Door-to-door searches’ 

According to OHCHR, dozens of people who find themselves being sought by the navy authorities are in hiding; and in lots of cases, troopers and police are stated to be conducting door-to-door searches and detaining folks.  

While some are finally launched, in lots of instances family members have knowledgeable the UN human rights workplace, that they’ve acquired no details about the place their family members are being held.  

The household of 1 group chief in Yangon stated that he had not been heard from since he was taken by troopers from his house in the course of the night time on 1 February, OHCHR stated, including that its employees have acquired quite a few related accounts. 

“Many of the arbitrary arrests and detentions that have been carried out since 1 February may constitute enforced disappearances”, Ms. Bachelet stated, calling for the instant launch of all those that stay arbitrarily detained. 

Moment to finish ‘stranglehold over democracy’ 

The High Commissioner additionally raised alarm on the focusing on of journalists.  

At least 29 journalists have reportedly been arrested in latest days, at the very least eight of whom have been charged with crimes, together with incitement to opposition, or hatred of the Government, or attending an illegal meeting. 

“I urge all those with information and influence – including Myanmar officials who are now joining the civil disobedience movement – to support international efforts to hold military leaders accountable for the serious human rights violations that have been committed both now and in the past”, Ms. Bachelet stated. 

“This is the moment to turn the tables towards justice and end the military’s stranglehold over democracy in Myanmar.” 

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