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UN officers condemn Myanmar junta after 100-plus civilians killed in someday

At least 114 folks had been killed Saturday throughout demonstrations in 44 cities and cities throughout the nation, in line with a tally by the unbiased Myanmar Now information outlet. CNN has been unable independently to substantiate the variety of folks killed.

In a joint assertion, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, urged the Myanmar army to “immediately stop killing the very people it has the duty to serve and protect.”

The officers additionally “strongly condemned the Myanmar military’s widespread, lethal, increasingly systematic attacks against peaceful protesters, as well as other serious violations of human rights since it seized power on 1 February 2021.”

The UN Special Rapporteur for Myanmar stated the military was finishing up “mass murder” and known as on the world to isolate the junta and halt its entry to weapons.

According to the newest tally by the nonprofit Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, no less than 423 folks have been killed in Myanmar for the reason that army coup on February 1.

At least six youngsters between the ages of 10 and 16 had been amongst these killed on Saturday, Myanmar’s Armed Forces Day, in line with information studies and witnesses, Reuters reported.

Despite the bloodshed, some protesters returned to the streets Sunday to exhibit in opposition to Myanmar’s army in elements of Yangon and different districts throughout Myanmar.

Live streams Sunday confirmed folks marching to protest the army in Phayar Then Zu alongside the Thailand-Myanmar border, filling the streets. Some protesters additionally took to the streets in Magway and Myingyan, in line with Myanmar Now.

Residents instructed native media that army forces had been firing indiscriminately in Yangon since early morning. Images shared on social media purport to point out no less than one man was shot useless in Hlaing Township on Sunday.

Local media additionally reported a girl was shot within the head by safety forces in Mon Ywa, central Myanmar.

A 40-year-old Mandalay resident was shot and burnt alive by army troops, in line with Myanmar Now, which quoted residents and an evening guard within the sufferer’s neighborhood. Its report added that locals had been unable to assist the sufferer attributable to “continuous gunfire from the troops.”

Also in Myingyan, Mandalay, a 24-year-old lady was killed and two others had been injured when the coup regime’s gunmen opened hearth on protesters on Sunday, in line with Myanmar Now.

Grieving family of young girl shot dead by Myanmar's military forced into hiding

The unbiased information outlet additionally reported the killing of a 20-year-old nurse on Sunday in Monywa. Its report stated the nurse was shot within the head by the army as she attended to others injured by army troops. She was reportedly part of a rescue workforce. A person who’s but to be recognized was additionally shot useless by the army alongside the nurse, Myanmar Now added.

In one other incident, it reported {that a} girls’s rights activist, a part of the “Women for Justice” group in Myanmar was killed by the army throughout a crackdown on an anti-coup protest in Kalay, Sagaing.

Reuters information company reported, quoting witnesses, that Myanmar safety forces opened hearth Sunday at folks gathered within the city of Bago for the funeral of one of many 114 folks killed yesterday. There had been no rapid studies of casualties within the gunfire.

CNN can’t independently confirm the studies.

CNN has additionally repeatedly requested remark from Myanmar’s army however has not acquired a response.

Protesters occupy a street during a rally against the military coup on Saturday in Tarmwe township in Yangon, Myanmar.

‘Shameful, cowardly actions’

The bloodshed Saturday drew renewed Western condemnation, with international locations together with the United States, Britain and the European Union talking out.

But international criticism and the sanctions imposed by some Western nations have failed to this point to sway the army leaders, as have nearly each day protests across the nation for the reason that junta took energy and detained elected chief Aung San Suu Kyi.

“We salute our heroes who sacrificed lives during this revolution and We Must Win This REVOLUTION,” one of many foremost protest teams, the General Strike Committee of Nationalities (GSCN), posted on Facebook, in line with Reuters.

UN Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews stated it was time for the world to take motion — if not via the UN Security Council then via a world emergency summit. He stated the junta must be minimize off from funding, comparable to oil and fuel revenues, and from entry to weapons.

“Words of condemnation or concern are frankly ringing hollow to the people of Myanmar while the military junta commits mass murder against them,” he stated in a press release.

Family members cry in front of a man after he was shot dead during a crackdown on anti-coup protesters in Yangon, Myanmar, on Saturday.

Nderitu and Bachelet known as the killings “shameful, cowardly, brutal actions of the military and police, who have been filmed shooting at protesters as they flee, and who have not even spared young children.”

“This situation has also put at further risk the already vulnerable ethnic and religious minorities in Myanmar, including the Rohingya,” their joint assertion stated.

They known as on the worldwide group to behave, including: “The international community has a responsibility to protect the people of Myanmar from atrocity crimes.”

The high army officer from the United States and practically a dozen of his counterparts stated in a press release {that a} skilled army should comply with worldwide requirements for conduct “and is responsible for protecting — not harming — the people it serves.”

The army took energy saying that November elections gained by Suu Kyi’s get together had been fraudulent, an assertion dismissed by the nation’s election fee.

Suu Kyi stays in detention at an undisclosed location and lots of different figures in her get together are additionally in custody.

Air strikes

Heavy preventing has additionally erupted between the military and the ethnic armed teams that management swathes of the nation, in line with Reuters.

Military jets killed no less than two members of the Karen National Union (KNU) militia in a bombing raid close to Thailand and lots of civilians fled throughout the border, stated David Eubank, founding father of the Free Burma Rangers, a aid group.

In an air assault by the army on Saturday, no less than three civilians had been killed in a village managed by the KNU, a civil society group stated. The militia earlier stated it had overrun a military put up close to the border, killing 10 folks, Reuters reported.

About 3,000 villagers fled throughout Karen state’s border into Thailand on Sunday, Reuters reported, citing an activist group, the Karen Women’s Organization, and media outlet Thai PBS.

Fighting erupted on Sunday between one other armed group, the Kachin Independence Army, and the army within the jade-mining space of Hpakant within the north. The Kachin forces attacked a police station and the army responded with an aerial assault, Kachinwaves media reported.

There had been no studies of casualties.

A junta spokesman didn’t reply calls from Reuters in search of touch upon the killings or the preventing.

Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the junta chief, stated throughout a parade to mark Armed Forces Day that the army would defend the folks and attempt for democracy.

CNN’s Sarah Dean and Radina Gigova contributed to this report.

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