The United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said that after the Myanmar army seized power on February 1, more than 1,100 people were killed and the country was facing a collapse.
The 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council continues at the UN Geneva Office in Switzerland.
In his speech to the 47-member council, Bachelet emphasized that the military coup continues to negatively affect life in Myanmar and that the human rights situation has deteriorated significantly.
“The army is deploying weapons in cities”
High Commissioner, “The effects of conflict, poverty and the epidemic are mounting rapidly and the country is facing a swirl of oppression, violence and economic collapse.” warned.
Noting that the coup administration faced resistance from large sections of society, Bachelet explained that the army, however, continued to deploy “war weapons” in towns and cities to suppress the opposition.
Bachelet said that since the coup in Myanmar, more than 1,100 people have lost their lives due to the intervention of the security forces, more than 8 thousand people, including children, have been detained, and 4,700 of them are still in detention.
Noting that the Myanmar armed forces, known as the Tatmadaw, have intensified their attacks in many states of the country in recent weeks, Bachelet said there have been reports of army members killing villagers and burning their homes.
Bachelet reminded the Rohingya Muslims
Stressing that one of the biggest problems in Myanmar is the lack of “accountability” in law, Bachelet recalled that four years ago, the army launched a “shocking violence attack” against Rohingya Muslims.
Bachelet also called on the member states of the Council to actively support the leaders of the National Unity Government, non-governmental organizations and ethnic groups, which define themselves as the “shadow government” and coordinate the resistance against the military rule in Myanmar.