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Myanmar Junta: End Systematic Attack On The People Of Myanmar, Reverse Coup D’état


The Myanmar military junta must immediately end its
deadly nationwide attack against nonviolent protesters and
return power to the elected government, Fortify Rights said
today. The junta’s forces killed at least 61 people in at
least seven regions and states throughout the country since
a February 1 coup d’état, according to various sources.
Yesterday alone, soldiers and police reportedly killed at
least 38 people.

On Friday, the U.N. Security Council
will convene in New York City to discuss the situation in
Myanmar.

“Senior General Min Aung Hlaing
and his murderous junta are systematically terrorizing the
people of Myanmar,” said Ismail Wolff, Regional Director
of Fortify Rights. “We’re witnessing security forces
commit targeted extrajudicial killings and other widespread
violations. The Security Council should urgently impose a
global arms embargo against the
military.”

Since February 27, the
Myanmar military and police have dramatically escalated the
use of excessive and lethal force against unarmed protesters
in almost all of the country’s 14 states and
regions.

According to Tom Andrews, the U.N. special
rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, the
junta’s forces killed at least 23 people from early
February to March 1. Yesterday, the military and police
killed an additional 38 people, according to the U.N.
Special Envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner
Burgener.

The police and military killed men, women,
and children. Victims included students, a carpenter, an
engineer, a teacher, and others.

Video footage shared
widely on social media shows military soldiers and police
officers shooting into crowds of unarmed people, shooting
into private residences, brutally beating and arbitrarily
arresting people, including medical workers and journalists,
and destroying property.

In two videos filmed
yesterday and shared online, two bloodied, lifeless bodies
lay on a street reportedly in Monywa, Sagaing Region. In one
clip, two police officers drag one of the bodies down the
road; in another clip, four officers carry a body down the
same road.

In another video reportedly filmed in North
Okkalapa in Yangon, a dozen police officers surround a man
and escort him out of a building and onto a street. A
gunshot then rings out, and the man collapses to the
pavement. An officer then kicks the man’s lifeless body,
and then another officer drags the body
away.

Open-source photographs and videos show Myanmar
Army soldiers holding automatic weapons, long-range sniper
rifles, and other firearms. Police also used less-lethal
weapons, including rubber bullets, slingshots, tear gas, and
water cannons, against unarmed protesters.

The similar
use of excessive and lethal force by security forces in
towns and cities throughout the country demonstrates
coordination between units and an overarching national
strategy, said Fortify Rights. All military and police in
the chain of command should be held liable for crimes
committed against the people of Myanmar.

The junta has
also arbitrarily arrested, charged, or sentenced at least
1,498 people since the February 1 coup, according to the
Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a human
rights organization monitoring arrests and detentions in
Myanmar.

On February 1, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing
orchestrated a military coup d’état, overthrowing the
elected government and detaining President Win Myint, State
Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, dozens of other government
leaders, parliamentarians, and human rights defenders. The
junta took over the executive, judicial, and legislative
levers of power and, on February 2, created a
military-appointed “State Administration Council” (SAC)
to rule the country.

On March 1, the Committee
Representing the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, comprising elected
members of parliament, declared the SAC a “Terrorist
Group” for its “atrocities and acts of
terrorism.”

Speaking at the U.N. General Assembly on
February 26, Myanmar’s ambassador to the U.N., Kyaw Moe
Tun, told member states that he represented the elected
government of the National League for Democracy and called
on the international community to use “any means necessary
to take action” against the military to help “restore
the democracy,” adding: “We need further strongest
possible action from the international community to
immediately end the military coup, to stop oppressing the
innocent people, to return the state power to the people,
and to restore the democracy.”

The U.N. Security
Council should
impose a global arms embargo
against the Myanmar
military, sanctions against Myanmar military individuals,
entities, and assets, and refer the situation in Myanmar to
the International Criminal Court, said Fortify Rights.
Failing that, the U.N. General Assembly should hold an emergency
special session
to address the crisis.

“Soldiers
and police in Myanmar are behaving like death squads and
committing grave human rights violations,” said Ismail
Wolff. “The world must take immediate action. There is no
way out of this other than a complete repudiation of the
coup and the
junta.”

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