US News Burma: UN and EU raise their voices, so do the junta

17:15  22 february  2021
17:15  22 february  2021 Source:   liberation.fr

Burma: the military increase the arrests of militants

 Burma: the military increase the arrests of militants The protest movement against the general coup continues in Burma. On Friday February 12, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva called for targeted sanctions against the military regime, but on the spot the arrests of activists are increasing.

Les Birmans sont encore descendus en nombre dans la rue ce lundi, comme ici près de la gare de Mandalay. © Aung-Shine The Burmese again took to the streets on Monday, as here near Mandalay station.

Diplomatic pressure is mounting on the Burmese junta as tens of thousands of demonstrators again took to the streets on Monday. UN Secretary General António Guterres calls on the Burmese Army, which toppled the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi , to "immediately stop the crackdown." Free the prisoners. End the violence. Respect human rights and the will of the people expressed in the recent elections ”. "Coups d'etat have no place in our modern world," he insisted.

The foreign ministers of the European Union, for their part, meeting this Monday in Brussels, say they are “ready to adopt sanctions” targeting those responsible for the military coup, as the United States, Canada and United Kingdom. These are mainly the freezing of assets abroad and the travel ban.

Burma: the civil disobedience movement calls for not giving up

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Ce lundi à Rangoun, lors d'une manifestation près de l'ambassade des Etats-Unis. © Provided by Liberation This Monday in Rangoon, during a demonstration near the United States Embassy.

For its part, the junta has toughened its tone by warning the demonstrators that they “risk dying” by going out into the street. Yet, nearly three weeks after the February 1 putsch and the placement under house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi , pro-democracy mobilization is not weakening. Burmese security forces have shown their determination to suppress any protest movement by using tear gas, water cannons, rubber bullets and live ammunition to disperse peaceful gatherings. Several people died .

"Weakening of democracy"

Waves of arrests of politicians, activists and strikers continue. Several hundred people have been arrested and very few released, according to an NGO helping political prisoners. "We are witnessing the weakening of democracy, the use of brutal force, arbitrary arrests, repression in all its manifestations, the restriction of civic space, attacks against civil society », deplores António Guterres before the United Nations Human Rights Council.

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He also pointed to "serious violations committed against people from minorities without accountability, including what has rightly been called ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya population ". "The list is still long" and "all of this comes together in a real period of unrest", he asserted, before expressing his support for the Burmese people "in their quest for democracy and peace , and in its action in favor of respect for human rights and the rule of law ”.

On February 12, the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution calling for the immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi. China and Russia, traditional supporters of the Burmese army, distanced themselves from the consensus after the text was adopted. The junta did not accept the massive victory of Aung San Suu Kyi's party in the elections last November and had used the excuse of massive fraud to instigate a coup on February 1.

Burma: Police throw stun grenades to disperse protesters .
BURMA-POLITICS-DEMONSTRATIONS: Burma: Police throw stun grenades to disperse protesters © Reuters / STRINGER BURMA: POLICE LAUNCH DEAF GRENADES TO DISPERSATE PROTESTS (Reuters) - Burmese police on Tuesday used stun grenades to disperse demonstrators who had again gathered in the country's largest city, Yangon, to protest the February 1 military coup, witnesses said.

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