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UN rights chief says response to Myanmar crisis is “ineffective” | Politics news

Michelle Bachelet demands the speedy restoration of civilian rule in the country almost a year after the military takeover.

The UN human rights chief has called on world leaders to step up pressure on Myanmar's military rulers to halt violence against the country's own people and quickly restore civilian rule.

Nearly a year ago, when the military seized power in the country, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said the country's people had paid a high price in terms of lost lives and freedoms.

Bachelet said that although there had been almost universal condemnation of the coup and the subsequent violence, she labeled the international response as "ineffective" and said it "lacks a sense of urgency commensurate with the scale of the crisis". .

"It is time for an urgent, renewed effort to restore human rights and democracy in Myanmar and ensure that the perpetrators of systemic human rights violations and violations are held accountable," she said.

The former Chilean president said the UN Security Council and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations had not done enough to convince the coup leaders to facilitate humanitarian access.

Bachelet said she had spoken to Myanmar civil rights activists who begged the international community not to give them up.

"I urge governments - in the region and beyond - as well as businesses, to listen to this prayer," said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Myanmar's military seized power on February 1 last year, ousting the civilian government and arresting its de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

Cursed oppression

Since the coup, the military has waged a bloody crackdown on dissent.

The UN Office for Human Rights said that since the coup, at least 1,500 people had been killed by the military in a brutal attempt to crush dissent, while thousands more would have been killed in the broader armed conflict and violence.

At least 11,787 people have been arbitrarily detained for expressing their opposition to the military, the office said, 8,792 of whom are still in custody.

At least 290 have died in detention, many likely due to the use of torture, it added.

Bachelet said the current crisis was built on the impunity with which the military leadership waged a campaign of violence against the Rohingya minority four years ago.

"As long as impunity prevails, stability in Myanmar will be a fiction. The military's accountability remains crucial to any solution going forward - the people are overwhelmingly demanding this, "she said.

The bachelor's office is due to publish a report in March describing the human rights situation in Myanmar since the coup.

Meanwhile, after a closed UN briefing on the situation in Myanmar on Friday, China's UN Ambassador Zhang Jun said the UN Security Council's primary goal in Myanmar should be to avoid more violence and civil war.

Zhang said that Beijing welcomed the efforts made by Cambodian leader Hun Sen to Myanmar, calling his visit "quite good, quite fruitful" and saying that "we asked them to continue making further efforts. ".

"Some people do not like that kind of situation [now]"But I think what we also need to keep in mind is that we should avoid aggravating the situation, to avoid more violence, to avoid a civil war," Zhang said.

"That's the primary goal we should keep in mind."

He said China also welcomed the appointment of Noeleen Heyzer as the UN's new Special Envoy for Myanmar. She talks to key parties and has asked to visit Myanmar, he said, and "let's hope she can get it done".


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