UN urged to hear 'desperate pleas' after more violence in Myanmar


"We stand with the people of Myanmar in calling for an immediate end to military repression, the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and others, and the restoration of democracy". In November past year, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Army chief General M M Naravane had visited Myanmar together, and had met the entire leadership, including top military officers as well as the now detained civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. They were met again with force by police, and gunfire was heard.

Their numbers have remained high even as security forces have repeatedly fired tear gas, rubber bullets and live rounds to disperse the crowds, and arrested protesters en masse.

The killing follows the deadliest day of the crackdown so far on Wednesday, when the United Nations said at least 38 people were killed as graphic images showed security forces firing into crowds and bloodied bodies dragged away.

However, it is to be noted that United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet demanded the security forces halt what she called their "vicious crackdown on peaceful protesters".

As part of the crackdown, security forces have also arrested around 1,200 people, including journalists, according to United Nations envoy Schraner Burgener.

A spokesperson for the ruling military council did not answer telephone calls seeking comment.

"Your unity is needed more than ever on Myanmar", Burgener told the closed-door session.

During the rally - the strongest indication yet of support for the anti-coup movement from one of the country's myriad ethnic armed groups - KNU troops flashed the three-finger salute popularised by protesters and handed out water bottles.

"This is encouragement for us who are going to go out on streets", wrote Facebook user U Zay Yan, responding to the news.

The United States and some other Western countries have imposed limited sanctions on the junta and independent U.N. human rights investigator on Myanmar, Thomas Andrews, has called for a global arms embargo and targeted economic sanctions.

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Instead, it said Myanmar should have a federal constitution - an appeal to the ethnic groups in the country's borderlands which have chafed under domination of the Bamar majority both under the military and Suu Kyi's party.

Schraner Burgener renewed her calls on the Council to not lend legitimacy or recognition to the junta, urging the release of political detainees, and unhindered humanitarian access.

Junta leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing has pledged to hold new elections but given no time frame.

The military justified the political change by claiming that last November's general election, which was won overwhelmingly by Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, was rigged. The electoral commission has said the ballot was fair.

After her death, the slogan went viral as a symbol of defiance.

The junta also systematically and illegitimately dismantled the people of Myanmar's legal protections, installing new laws that remove basic protections of freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association, and privacy.

Officials say that as India shares a land and maritime border with Myanmar, it has direct stakes in the maintenance of peace and stability in the country.

"It's up to the member states to take the right measures", she said.

But the measures are expected to have limited impact as the entities are not major importers.

The EU suspended support for development projects to avoid providing financial assistance to the military. That campaign uploaded content about elections in Burma, regional conflicts and news related to the U.S., China and Malaysia, the company said.