Sunday March 28, 2021
“Mass murder” in Myanmar
UN Representative: World must intervene now
More than 100 people are killed in recent protests in Myanmar. The UN special rapporteur speaks of mass murder in the country. He calls on the world to turn off the money faucet for the military junta. Western countries share the criticism – while others do not.
The UN Special Rapporteur for Myanmar, Tom Andrews, has called the actions of the military junta in the country “mass murder”. It is time for the world to intervene – if not through the Security Council, then through an international summit on Myanmar, said Andrews. One could stop the oil and gas payments and thus the financial flows to the military in the country or stop the military’s access to weapons. Condemned or concerned statements are of little consolation for the people in Myanmar, against whom the military is committing mass murder, warned Andrews. Words were not enough, it was high time for robust and coordinated action.
On Saturday, the violent repression of the military regime in Myanmar against the street protests had the bloodiest escalation since the coup almost two months ago. According to media reports and eyewitnesses, security forces fired again on Saturday in several cities in the country, killing at least 114 people, including children.
In Mandalay in the center of the country alone, at least 40 people were killed, including a 13-year-old girl, reported the news portal Myanmar Now. At least 27 people were killed in the economic metropolis of Yangon. Nevertheless, the opposition has announced further protests for Sunday.
Criticism and support
Western countries have strongly condemned the actions of the military in Myanmar. The military chiefs of a number of Western countries have also issued a joint statement condemning the violence against peaceful demonstrators in Myanmar. “A professional military abides by international standards of conduct and is responsible for protecting, not harming, the people it serves.” The declaration was signed by Mark Milley, Chairman of the United States Chiefs of Staff, and his colleagues from Australia, Canada, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea and the United Kingdom.
But the military in Myanmar still has supporters in Russia and China, veto powers in the UN Security Council. Diplomatic representatives from eight countries, Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand attended a military parade in the capital Naypyitaw on Saturday.