The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has warned that Myanmar is on the brink of an “even larger conflict” and that the military regime’s actions could amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes. The warning comes as reports of violence and civilian deaths continue to emerge from the country. The UN General Assembly has called for an arms embargo on Myanmar, and has urged the military junta to release all political prisoners and to respect the results of the November 2020 election which was won by the National League for Democracy.
The military coup in Myanmar has led to an ongoing crisis, with military forces cracking down on pro-democracy protesters and opposition groups. The situation is rapidly deteriorating as the military continues its brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, human rights defenders, and journalists. The country has been plagued by repeated protests since the coup, and the military has used violence against civilians, including the use of live ammunition, to suppress dissent.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has called on the international community to “urgently” take action to stop the violence and hold those responsible accountable. In a statement, she said that “the international community must not betray the people of Myanmar in their darkest hour”. Bachelet has also called for an end to the attacks on civilians and for the military to cease its use of force immediately.
The international community has condemned the military coup and called for the restoration of a democratic government, but the military junta has shown no sign of backing down. The situation in Myanmar is rapidly deteriorating, and the UN has warned that the country is at risk of becoming a failed state. The UN Security Council has also condemned the violence and called for a peaceful resolution to the crisis, but it remains unclear whether any concrete action will be taken to stop the military junta’s brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Myanmar.