The United Nations condemned a violent
crackdown on protesters in Myanmar on Sunday and urged the country’s military
rulers to stop using force.
The security forces shot dead at least six demonstrators on Sunday in the
bloodiest day since the military staged a coup four weeks ago.
“We strongly condemn the escalating violence against protests in Myanmar
and call on the military to immediately halt the use of force against
peaceful protesters,” Ravina Shamdasani, spokeswoman for the Office of the
High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement.
Protesters were shot and killed in at least three cities, as police and
soldiers attempted to bring a civil disobedience campaign to heel.
“The people of Myanmar have the right to assemble peacefully and demand the
restoration of democracy,” said Shamdasani.
“These fundamental rights must be respected by the military and police, not
met with violent and bloody repression.
“Use of lethal force against non-violent demonstrators is never justifiable
under international human rights norms.”
The office of UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet also reiterated a
call for the immediate release of all those arbitrarily detained, including
members of the elected government.
“The international community must stand in solidarity with the protestors
and all those seeking a return to democracy in Myanmar,” said Shamdasani.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)