The UN mentioned Friday it feared a good higher human rights disaster in Myanmar amid stories of hundreds of troops massing within the north of the Southeast Asian nation, which has been in chaos since a February coup.
“We must always all be ready, because the folks on this a part of Myanmar are ready, for much more mass atrocity crimes. I desperately hope that I’m incorrect,” mentioned UN Particular Rapporteur on Myanmar Tom Andrews.
Greater than 1,100 civilians have been killed within the nation’s bloody crackdown on dissent and greater than 8,000 arrested for the reason that coup, based on an area monitoring group.
Andrews, who was presenting the findings of an annual human rights report on Myanmar to the Normal Meeting, mentioned that he had obtained info that tens of hundreds of troops and heavy weapons had been being moved into restive areas within the north and northwest.
The findings, he mentioned, additionally indicated that the junta had engaged in possible crimes in opposition to humanity and warfare crimes.
“These techniques are ominously harking back to these employed by the navy earlier than its genocidal assaults in opposition to the Rohingya in Rakhine State in 2016 and 2017,” Andrews mentioned.
About 740,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state in 2017 after safety forces launched a clampdown that the UN has mentioned might quantity to genocide.
Andrews urged international locations to disclaim Myanmar’s navy junta the cash, weapons and legitimacy it desired, citing a prisoner launch earlier within the week as proof that stress was working.
On Monday, Myanmar’s junta chief Min Aung Hlaing introduced the discharge of greater than 5,000 folks jailed for protesting in opposition to the coup.
The transfer got here simply days after the Affiliation of Southeast Asian Nations delivered a significant snub to the navy regime, exclude the junta head from an upcoming summit of the 10-country bloc.
“ASEAN’s announcement that the junta is not going to be welcome at its upcoming summit strikes on the coronary heart,” Andrews mentioned.
Andrews mentioned that junta-controlled forces had displaced 1 / 4 million folks. A lot of those that had been detained had been tortured, he mentioned, together with dozens who had died in consequence.
Andrews added that he had obtained credible stories that kids had additionally been tortured.