UN human rights chief warns of army buildup, escalating violence in Myanmar | CBC Information

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The UN human rights chief is warning of a army buildup in elements of Myanmar and rising violence, with the military utilizing heavy weapons in opposition to armed teams in addition to civilian targets, together with Christian church buildings.

Michelle Bachelet mentioned greater than 108,000 individuals have fled their houses in japanese Kayah state within the final three weeks, and her workplace cited “credible reviews” that safety forces have shelled civilian houses and church buildings and blocked entry for humanitarian help.

“Myanmar’s army, the Tatmadaw, have an obligation to guard civilians,” mentioned Bachelet, the UN excessive commissioner for human rights.

“The worldwide neighborhood must unify in its demand that the Tatmadaw stop the outrageous use of heavy artillery in opposition to civilians and civilian objects.”

The army, which ousted the elected authorities of Aung San Suu Kyi in February, has confronted widespread opposition to its rule, initially by huge non-violent protests. After troopers and police used lethal power to crush the peaceable demonstrations, a low-level armed rebel has emerged in each the cities and countryside.

Army personnel are seen in Kayah state, japanese Myanmar, on Might 23. The army ousted the elected authorities of Aung San Suu Kyi in February and is going through an rebel. (The Related Press)

Bachelet’s workplace cited credible reviews that a minimum of 860 individuals have been killed by safety forces since Feb. 1, principally throughout protests, and that greater than 4,800 individuals — together with activists, journalists and opponents of the junta — are in arbitrary detention.

“In simply over 4 months, Myanmar has gone from being a fragile democracy to a human rights disaster,” Bachelet mentioned.

“The army management is singularly chargeable for this disaster and should be held to account.”

Bachelet is ready to replace the UN’s prime human rights physique, the Human Rights Council, throughout its subsequent session in July, her workplace mentioned.

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