GENEVA: UN chief Antonio Guterres on Monday condemned the “brutal force” used by those behind Myanmar’s uprising and called on the military to immediately end the repression and release prisoners. ۔
In his annual address to the UN Human Rights Council, Guterres named only one country: Myanmar. “Today, I call on the Myanmar army to immediately stop this repression,” he said in a pre-recorded video message at the opening of the 46th session of the Geneva-based council.
“Release the prisoners. End violence Respect human rights and the will of the people in the recent elections, “he said.” Rebellion has no place in our modern world. “
Myanmar authorities have been slowly cracking down on a large-scale and peaceful civil disobedience campaign calling for the repatriation of ousted city leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Saturday marked the deadliest day since the February 1 uprising, when security forces opened fire on a rally in Mandalay, killing two people and a third in Yangon. And the junta warned protesters against “inciting people to confront where they will lose their lives.”
Tens of thousands of protesters in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city and commercial center, did not heed the warning on Monday. Guterres had already condemned the “deadly violence” of the week, and insisted in a tweet on Sunday that “lethal force, threats and harassment against peaceful protesters are unacceptable.”
Myanmar’s foreign ministry has accused the United Nations and several foreign countries of “clear interference” in its internal affairs. The United States, Britain and Canada have responded to the uprising with sanctions targeting Myanmar’s top generals.
Even before the military coup, Army Chief General Man Aung Hlaing – who now has legislative, administrative and judicial powers – faced sanctions because of his military’s role in the brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in 2017. Was