UN Fears 'mass Atrocity Crimes' In Myanmar As Troops Gather In North
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Sat 23rd October 2021 | 08:30 AM
United Nations, United States, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Oct, 2021 ) :The UN said Friday it feared an even greater human rights catastrophe in Myanmar amid reports of thousands of troops massing in the north of the Southeast Asian country, which has been in chaos since a February coup.
"We should all be prepared, as the people in this part of Myanmar are prepared, for even more mass atrocity crimes. I desperately hope that I am wrong," said UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Tom Andrews.
More than 1,100 civilians have been killed in the country's bloody crackdown on dissent and more than 8,000 arrested since the coup, according to a local monitoring group.
Andrews, who was presenting the findings of an annual human rights report on Myanmar to the General Assembly, said that he had received information that tens of thousands of troops and heavy weapons were being moved into restive regions in the north and northwest.
The findings, he said, also indicated that the junta had engaged in probable crimes against humanity and war crimes.
On Monday, Myanmar's junta chief Min Aung Hlaing announced the release of more than 5,000 people jailed for protesting against the coup.
"ASEAN's announcement that the junta will not be welcome at its upcoming summit strikes at the heart," Andrews said.
Andrews added that he had received credible reports that children had also been tortured.