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World The world must act now to stop the brutality of Myanmar’s junta

10:52  07 march  2021
10:52  07 march  2021 Source:   aljazeera.com

Scuffles in Yangon as Facebook bans all Myanmar military accounts

  Scuffles in Yangon as Facebook bans all Myanmar military accounts Pro-military demonstrators punch bystanders after people in the area bang pots and pans to show their disapproval.Pro-military demonstrators rallying in Yangon, the country’s biggest city, punched several bystanders, according to local media, after anti-coup demonstrators and residents banged pots and pans and crossed their wrists to express their disapproval of the rally.

“ Myanmar ’ s military must stop murdering and jailing protestors,” Bachelet said, describing as “abhorrent” the reports that police and the military are firing live rounds at demonstrators and attacking medical teams. The country has been under a military coup since February 1, when the armed forces seized power and detained the southeast Asian nation’s At least 54 people have now been killed by the security forces since the coup was launched, according to the UN Human Rights Office, including at least 30 on Wednesday during protests across Yangon, Mandalay, Sagaing, Magway and Mon.

Myanmar authorities said on Saturday they had exhumed the body of 19-year-old Kyal Sin, who has become an icon of the protest movement after she was shot dead in Mandalay on Wednesday while wearing a T-shirt that read “Everything will be OK”. State-run MRTV said a surgical investigation showed she could not have been killed by police because the wrong sort of projectile was found in her head and she had been shot from behind, whereas police were in front. But photographs on the day showed her head turned away from security forces moments before she was killed.

The streets of Myanmar are covered in blood – again. On March 3, the military which seized power more than one month ago dropped any pretence about allowing peaceful protests against the coup. In a brutal crackdown, at least 38 people were killed across the country, but the actual death toll is likely to be higher.

a person sitting in front of a crowd: Myanmar citizens living in Thailand protest against the military coup in their country in front of the UN office in Bangkok, Thailand on March 7, 2021 [Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun] © Myanmar citizens living in Thailand protest against the military coup in their country in front of t... Myanmar citizens living in Thailand protest against the military coup in their country in front of the UN office in Bangkok, Thailand on March 7, 2021 [Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun]

The shocking scenes brought back painful memories of the military-led repression of protests in Myanmar in 1988 and 2007, as well as military-led violence against ethnic groups like the Rohingya. The bloody scenes must be a wakeup call for the world to act now to support the protesters and ensure a return to a genuinely inclusive democracy. If the Myanmar army’s reign of terror becomes normalised, there is every chance violence will escalate.

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  ASEAN set for talks with Myanmar military as crisis escalates Foreign ministers will call for Aung San Suu Kyi’s release encourage talks between the civilian leader and the army.Singapore’s foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan, in a televised interview late on Monday, said the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will tell the military it is appalled by the violence in Myanmar and call for the release of the country’s elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and for the two sides to talk.

“ Myanmar ’ s history suggests the military will use ever increasing brutality and violence in an attempt to put down the protest movement,” said Ronan Lee, a visiting scholar at the International State Crime Initiative at Queen Mary University of London. “In the past, the military has been prepared to murder thousands to quell civil unrest or to meet its goals.” Myanmar ’ s military is banking on the world going no further than “harsh words, some economic sanctions and travel bans,” Lee, the scholar at Queen Mary University, said.

(Reuters) - Myanmar ' s junta lost a tug of war over leadership of its U.N. mission in New York and the United States unveiled new sanctions targeting military conglomerates after the deaths of dozens of civilians protesting against last month's coup.With tussles going on over diplomatic loyalties overseas 9. The killings have appalled and outraged rights advocates around the world . “ Myanmar ’ s military must stop murdering and jailing protesters,” Michelle Bachelet, the top human rights official at the U.N., said Thursday. “It is utterly abhorrent that security forces are firing live ammunition against

Since the new military regime seized power on February 1, it has arrested hundreds of opposition activists, abolished the democratically elected parliament, and enacted a slew of new repressive laws. People in Myanmar have responded by organising a Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) that has ground much of the country to a halt, as everyone from civil servants to doctors and train drivers has refused to work in protest against the new junta.

For us Rohingya, the violence on March 3 echoes the vicious, genocidal military campaign unleashed in Rakhine State in 2017. The army and its proxies killed thousands of people and drove more than 700,000 to flee into Bangladesh. The Myanmar military, or Tatmadaw as it is known, has also committed war crimes and crimes against humanity against other ethnic minorities.

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Myanmar ' s ethnic groups have long suffered from military brutality . The junta gave them a common foe. (CNN) For many of Myanmar ' s ethnic minorities, the bloodshed inflicted across the country's towns and cities this week is a continuation of the oppression they have suffered at the hands of the military for decades. The Southeast Asian country is home to some of the world 's longest civil wars, where myriad ethnic insurgencies have fought the military, central government and each other for greater rights and autonomy.

Myanmar , also known as Burma, was ruled by the armed forces from 1962 until 2011, when a new government began ushering in a return to civilian rule. image copyrightReuters. The armed forces in Myanmar have confirmed that they have carried out a coup d'etat, their first against a civilian government since 1962, and in apparent violation of the constitution which the military promised to honour as recently as last Saturday. The grievances which have been driving tension between the military and the government are well enough known.

Friends and family members I speak to back home in Rakhine State are terrified the coup violence can escalate and reach them as well. If the military feels enough domestic pressure, there is every risk it could try to stir up “patriotic” support for renewed military campaigns against the Rohingya or other minorities.

However, there have been glimmers of hope over the past month with the tentative thaw in relations between ethnic groups, united in their hatred of the military. I have been inundated with messages on social media from Bamar people who apologise for spewing hate speech against the Rohingya and say they now understand the Tatmadaw is the common enemy. From the camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Rohingya refugees have posted their support for protesters.

This interethnic solidarity shows what Myanmar could look like if there were no military interference. We cannot forget that during the election in 2020, many people – including the Rohingya – were effectively disenfranchised. But to reverse this process, to build an equitable society where people from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds enjoy equal rights, we first have to defeat the coup. And for that, we urgently need the world’s support.

Women's clothes help protesters skirt Myanmar's junta

  Women's clothes help protesters skirt Myanmar's junta Sarong-like cloths strung out on lines may seem innocuous, but long-held superstitions around women's clothes appear to have stopped security forces in their tracks as they move to quell an uprising against Myanmar's junta. The latest involves hanging women's undergarments and long skirts -- or longyis -- on a clothesline across the street. According to old Myanmar traditions, women's lower parts and the garments that cover them can sap power -- known as "hpone" -- from men."If they go under a women's longyi, that means their hpone is destroyed," activist Thinzar Shunlei Yi told AFP.

“ Myanmar ’ s history suggests the military will use ever increasing brutality and violence in an attempt to put down the protest movement,” said Ronan Lee, a visiting scholar at the International State Crime Initiative at Queen Mary University of London. “In the past, the military has been prepared to murder thousands to quell civil unrest or to meet its goals.” Myanmar ’ s military is banking on the world going no further than “harsh words, some economic sanctions and travel bans,” Lee, the scholar at Queen Mary University, said.

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Demonstrators defied growing violence by Myanmar security forces and staged more anti-coup rallies Friday, while the U.N. special envoy for the country called for urgent Security Council action, saying about 50 peaceful protesters were killed and scores were injured in the military's worst crackdowns this week. In addition, YouTube removed five channels run by Myanmar ’ s military for violating its guidelines. The escalation of violence has put pressure on the world community to act to restrain the junta , which seized power on Feb.

This year’s coup – and the violence over the past few weeks – is the direct result of the world’s failure to act forcefully against the military in the past, not least after the campaign against the Rohingya in 2017.  Many of the commanders identified as responsible then – including Senior General Min Aung Hlaing – are now in direct control of the country. It is no exaggeration to say brutality and repression is in the DNA of the Tatmadaw.

The international community must take a forceful stance against the coup and push for an immediate return to democracy. Countries must impose targeted sanctions on the military leadership and their associated businesses, along with a global arms embargo.

Crucially, efforts to hold the military to account for past abuses must be prioritised. States must add support to the investigations already happening at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Court of Justice, while members of the UN Security Council (UNSC) must finally stop playing politics with people’s lives and support a full referral to the ICC. Only justice can break this cycle of violence.

UN envoy calls for action against Myanmar junta over bloodshed

  UN envoy calls for action against Myanmar junta over bloodshed UN envoy calls for action against Myanmar junta over bloodshedThe Southeast Asian country has been plunged into turmoil since the military overthrew and detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb. 1, with daily protests and strikes that have choked business and paralysed administration.

Regional governments must take responsible action as well. For the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), this coup is a litmus test for its ability to play a constructive and democratic role in the region. Indonesia has so far led diplomatic efforts reportedly focused on making sure the Tatmadaw keeps its commitment to hold new elections within a year. While regional engagement is welcome, this is a deeply flawed plan that would essentially legitimise a military coup.

ASEAN must instead push the Tatmadaw back into the barracks and facilitate the return of the government that was democratically elected in November last year. China must also stop shielding Myanmar from scrutiny on the world stage and stop threatening to veto action against the military coup at the UNSC.

Most importantly, the world must show its unconditional support to those risking their lives and liberty for democracy across Myanmar. The CDM and protesters need to be recognised as legitimate actors and offered the help they need, whether political, economic or technical. Ultimately, the pressure the military feels from within the country will always be much more effective than anything from the outside.

As Rohingya people, we know from heart-breaking experience what being on the receiving end of the Tatmadaw’s wrath means. On March 3, at least 38 more people in Myanmar sacrificed their lives to stand up to a military that craves power above all else. Now, the world must unite and act so that these sacrifices were not in vain.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial stance.

Official from Aung San Suu Kyi's party dies after arrest during national day of protests .
A former official from deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party dies in custody, less than 24 hours after being detained.Zaw Myat Linn was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday morning before dying later in the day, according to a former member of parliament.

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