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UN Safety Council joins condemnation of Myanmar junta’s execution of 4 activists — Radio Free Asia

The U.N. Safety Council condemned the Myanmar army’s execution of 4 democracy activists over the weekend however stopped wanting calling for brand spanking new sanctions towards the junta as its forces continued assaults within the nation’s Sagaing area.

A assertion issued on Wednesday by the 15 members of the council echoed one issued on Monday by the Affiliation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) denouncing the killings of the activists regardless of quite a few appeals that their loss of life sentences be reconsidered. 

The Myanmar army, which overthrew the elected authorities in a February 2021 coup, stated on Monday that it had executed the activists for aiding acts of terror as a part of the civilian opposition and resistance to the regime.

The Safety Council response “famous ASEAN’s name for utmost restraint, persistence and efforts to keep away from escalating the scenario, and for all events involved to desist from taking actions that may solely additional worsen the disaster.” 

The assertion additionally known as for the complete implementation of the five-point consensus agreed to in April 2021 to finish to violence in post-coup Myanmar and put the nation again on the trail to democracy. And it known as for the speedy launch of deposed leaders President Win Myint and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

Safety Council members additionally known as for “a right away halt to assaults on infrastructure, well being and schooling amenities, for full respect for human rights and the rule of legislation, and for full, protected and unimpeded humanitarian entry to all these in want.”

However Justice for Myanmar, a gaggle of activists campaigning for justice and accountability for the folks of Myanmar, criticized the U.N. council’s response as inadequate. 

“But, no sanctions, no referral to the Int’l Legal Courtroom + members #China, #India & #Russia proceed to arm the Myanmar army. Time UN Safety Council ends its shameful inaction!” the group tweeted.

The Group of Seven (G7) international ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, and america, and the Excessive Consultant of the European Union additionally condemned the executions.

“These executions, the primary in Myanmar in over thirty years, and the absence of honest trials present the junta’s contempt for the unwavering democratic aspirations of the folks of Myanmar,” they stated in a assertion issued Thursday.  

“We proceed to sentence within the strongest phrases the army coup in Myanmar and specific deep concern concerning the political, financial, social, humanitarian and human rights scenario within the nation,” they stated.

1000’s flee houses in Sagaing

The criticism by the U.N. and G7 got here as not less than 10 civilians, together with two youngsters, had been killed in Sagaing’s Khin-U township and greater than 10,000 others from 17 villages fled their houses amid clearance operations by junta forces that started final week, native sources advised RFA on Thursday.

Northwestern Myanmar’s Sagaing area has the most important variety of contributors within the anti-junta Civil Disobedience Motion, a strike of pros like medical doctors and lecturers to withstand army rule, and the strongest armed resistance to the junta. 

Among the many lifeless in Khin-U township are Khant Nyein, 13, from Myin Daung village; Nationwide League for Democracy township organizer Aung Naing Win, 35, from Shin Min Dway village; Aung Hman, 66, from In Daing Gyi village; Htay, 52, from Myin Daung village; Si, 89, and Ohn Thee, 35, from Letpanhla village; and Pho Khoo, 18 from Laung Shey village, the sources stated. 

RFA doesn’t but know the identities of the others killed.

A township resident, who discovered the charred physique of Aung Naing Win, stated the military brutally killed extraordinary civilians.

“The army has been attacking villages within the space in 4 columns previously 10 days,” he stated, including that troopers burned about 50 homes and largely slit the throats of those that had been killed.

The aged girl named Si died on Wednesday when her home in Letpanhla village was set on hearth, one other native stated.

“The girl died in a hearth that burned 11 homes,” stated the native who declined to be recognized for security causes. “They set hearth to the home understanding that she was inside.”

One other township resident stated greater than 10,000 folks from 17 villages had been compelled to go away their houses and round 50 houses had been destroyed by hearth as a result of army raids within the space.

“There are about 12 villages within the surrounding space, and there should be about 12,000 to 13,000 folks [who have fled their homes], the individual stated, including that residents normally ran to close by communities about two or three miles away.

A resident of Moung Kyauk Taw village, who didn’t wish to be named for security causes, stated he noticed the troopers set hearth to the village, destroying greater than 20 homes.

“It wasn’t an unintentional hearth. It was arson. We now have witnesses,” the individual stated, including that he and others watched troopers enter the neighborhood and noticed three or 4 of them set hearth to the homes. 

“We misplaced every thing, and now we have no place to reside. We are able to’t purchase any palm leaves [for roofing], and we don’t have cash. We are actually dwelling beneath bullock carts,” he stated.

Locals stated they didn’t know which battalion the troopers who raided the villages had been from.

RFA couldn’t attain army spokesman Maj. Gen. Zaw Min Tun or Sagaing army council spokesman Aye Hlaing for remark.

Myo Aung, an official from the township’s Letpanhla village, stated the actions of Myanmar’s junta had been “merciless and inhumane.”

Rural areas bear brunt

The newest killings got here regardless of claims by the shadow Nationwide Unity Authorities (NUG) that public administrations beneath its course management round 80% of the area’s rural areas in 36 townships the place the army has not been capable of exert its affect.

“Individuals’s police forces have additionally began to be established to make sure the rule of legislation in areas the place the general public administrations have begun to function,” stated NUG spokesman Kyaw Zaw.

Public administration officers stated the NUG palms down its coverage and agenda to public administration teams on the township degree and to township protection forces which should act accordingly. 

Residents of the largely agricultural area have borne the brunt of military retaliation, usually that includes burnings of villages which have displaced hundreds of individuals.

Most of Sagaing’s 34 townships and greater than 5,900 villages have been affected by combating between army forces and members of the anti-junta Individuals’s Protection Forces (PDF).

Sagaing army council spokesman Aye Hlaing denied that PDFs had taken management of the area, including that the regime’s regional chief minister has been visiting each township on inspection excursions.

Translated by Khin Maung Nyane for RFA Burmese. Written in English by Roseanne Gerin.



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