- UNICEF Urges Myanmar Forces to Refrain From Violence After Reported Killings in Mandalay
UNICEF Urges Myanmar Forces To Refrain From Violence After Reported Killings In Mandalay
Muhammad Irfan 7 days ago Mon 22nd February 2021 | 10:08 PM
The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is calling on the security forces in Myanmar to avoid violence following reports of two fatalities in the city of Mandalay, the UNICEF said in a statement on Monday.
WAS (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 22nd February, 2021) The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is calling on the security forces in Myanmar to avoid violence following reports of two fatalities in the city of Mandalay, the UNICEF said in a statement on Monday.
"UNICEF is gravely concerned by reports of use of excessive and lethal force during ongoing protests in Myanmar, and by warnings from military representatives on Sunday of 'loss of life' in the event of confrontation," the statement said. "UNICEF calls on security forces to refrain from violence, to exercise maximum restraint and for differences to be resolved through constructive and peaceful means, prioritizing the protection and safety of children and young people."
UNICEF stressed that it condemns the use of force against demonstrators, including the reported use of live ammunition.
"UNICEF calls for greater efforts to protect children and young people from all forms of violence, including as they express their opinions and engage in peaceful protests," it added. "No one should face any form of violence or intimidation because of their opinions.
UNICEF once again reminds all parties of the obligation to uphold all children's rights as enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and the Myanmar Child Rights Law enacted in 2019, including their rights to protection, participation, peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.
On February 1, Myanmar's military seized power in the country, announcing a one-year state of emergency and vowing to take action against alleged voter fraud during the November 8 general election, which was won by Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party. The military said it was committed to the democratic system and vowed to hold new and fair elections after the state of emergency ends.