A humanitarian disaster threatens 100,000 people fleeing military violence in eastern Myanmar. This is what the UN human rights reporter said, who warned that if no action is taken, there will be large-scale disease and starvation deaths.
After the military coup, the Burmese military is carrying out large-scale ground and air strikes in Kayah State, which borders Thailand. The battle was fought between government forces and the local rebel movement KPDF.but According to the United Nations There is no difference in the army, and civilians have been shot and bombed.
Escape into the jungle
“The brutal attacks by the military government are endangering the lives of thousands of men, women and children,” said reporter Tom Andrews. It is said that the refugee tide is mainly hidden in the jungle. According to Andrews, there is a severe shortage of medicines, clean drinking water and shelter.
Witnesses reported that the blockade of military personnel made the supply of emergency assistance impossible. “I have also received disturbing reports that government soldiers are laying mines on public roads,” the UN rapporteur continued.
“The church was shelled”
Citizens in the area reported summary executions Al Jazeera News Channel. Two other churches are said to have been shelled by the army. This happened in a predominantly Christian area. They are a minority, and most of the 57 million residents are Buddhists.
Andrews called on UN member states to put pressure on the military government. The immediate goal is to resume providing emergency assistance and “stop terrorist activities against the people.” He added that the military has also committed violence against ethnic minorities in other states.
The military ruler denies all abuses. The military government has also repeatedly reiterated its intention to restore democracy in the country. The army leadership launched a coup in February because the elections were said to be unfair. International and domestic observers disputed this allegation.
According to human rights organizations, more than 850 civilians have been killed by security forces since the Myanmar coup. In addition, it is said that nearly 5,000 people have been arrested, charged or convicted for political reasons.