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Myanmar: Respect Right To Peaceful Assembly, UN Human Rights Office Says

The United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) on
Saturday called on the security forces in Myanmar to ensure
that people’s right to peaceful assembly is fully
respected and that demonstrations are not subjected to

According to media reports, many
people took to the streets in Myanmar’s commercial hub,
Yangon, on Saturday to protest the military’s takeover and
the arrest of several elected leaders and politicians,
including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President
Win Myint.

“Myanmar’s military and police must
ensure the right to peaceful assembly is fully respected and
demonstrators are not subjected to reprisals”, OHCHR
said in a Tweet
on Saturday.

Earlier in the week, UN High
Commissioner for Human Rights
Michelle Bachelet raised
of a “violent crackdown on dissenting
voices” in Myanmar and reminded the military leadership of
the country’s obligations under international human rights
law to ensure people’s rights are protected and to refrain
from using unnecessary or excessive force.

military takeover
followed escalating
between the military and the government after
the November 2020 elections, which was won by Aung San Suu
Kyi-led National League for Democracy (NLD).

The polls
were only the second democratic elections in Myanmar since
the end of nearly five decades of military rule. The first
elections, in 2015, were also won by NLD.

and social media blocked

OHCHR also called on the
authorities to restore
internet and communication services

and communication services must be fully restored to ensure
freedom of expression and access to information”, the
office said.

Myanmar’s military reportedly blocked
access to Facebook on Thursday, for several days. The social
media platform is said to be used by around half of the
country’s population, for access to information. On
Friday, Twitter and Instagram platforms were added to the
list of services that could not be accessed in

Media reports also said that the mobile
service provider in Myanmar was ordered to temporarily shut
down data networks, effectively cutting off internet on
mobile devices. Voice and SMS services are reported to be

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