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UN special rapporteur criticizes human rights situation in Myanmar

UN special rapporteur criticizes human rights situation in Myanmar

Naypido, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) The UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tom Andrews, criticized today what is happening in the Asian nation since the February 2021 coup d'état.

The military junta has used fighter jets, attack helicopters and heavy artillery to bomb civilians and villages and towns with perceived links to opposition groups are being burned to the ground, he said.

In an interview with the Japanese publication The Japan Times reported here, Andrews stated that what has been tragically constant in recent months is the willingness of the ruling team to use violence without justification and regardless of the cost of human life.

The generals do not stop after driving civilians from their homes and I regularly receive reports of attacks on IDP camps, he denounced.

The official added that the army has killed thousands of innocent civilians and expelled hundreds of thousands from their homes.

The military junta, he said, has also been using humanitarian aid as a weapon, forcing many to face hunger, thirst and disease, not knowing when they will be able to return to their homes and resume their livelihoods.

According to Andrews, in many cases, the military has confiscated aid intended for displaced populations and directed it to its soldiers or allies.

The rapporteur added that the international community’s response to human rights violations in Myanmar can and should be more robust.


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