UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The UN humanitarian chief on Monday urged Myanmar’s military leaders to provide unhindered access to the more than 3 million people in need of life-saving humanitarian aid as government forces seized power on Feb. Had taken. Insecurity, COVID-19 and a failing economy. “
Martin Griffiths also urged donors to respond to the UN appeal, saying less than half of the $385 million needed has been raised since Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government was ousted from power. .
Griffith’s statement was issued by members of the United Nations Security Council as a closed-door meeting on Myanmar at the request of the United Kingdom.
Britain’s Deputy Ambassador James Kariuki told reporters before leaving the meeting that Britain is particularly concerned about the build-up of military action in northwestern Chin state, “and we are concerned that this reflects the activity that we have seen.” Four years ago saw the atrocities that were committed against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine.
“Therefore, we are very keen to make sure that the council is focused and the military knows we are watching,” he said.
The military takeover of 1 February gave Suu Kyi a landslide victory for the National League for Democracy Party after the November elections and was dismissed by the military as fraud.
Since Suu Kyi’s expulsion, unrest has spread in Myanmar, with peaceful demonstrations against ruling generals morphing into low-level insurgency in many urban areas first by security forces using lethal force and then in rural areas. In more severe fighting in areas, particularly along the border areas where ethnic minority militias have been involved in heavy conflict with government troops.
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On 7 September, the National Unity Government, the main underground group coordinating the military’s resistance, set up by elected legislators who were barred from taking their seats when the military seized power, called for a nationwide uprising. did. Its “People’s Defense Forces” operate in many areas and have received training and weapons from some armed ethnic groups.
Christine Schraner Bergner told The Associated Press on October 31, shortly before her three-and-a-half-year stint as UN special envoy for Myanmar, that a “civil war” has spread across the country.
She said the United Nations has heard that many soldiers are carrying out “clearing operations” in Chin state, reminding the world that the army’s “clearing operation” in Rakhine state in 2017 burned villages, widespread rape and killed 700,000 More Rohingya Muslims fled to neighboring Bangladesh.
Griffiths also said, “The situation in the north-west of the country has become extremely worrying with the escalation of hostilities between the Myanmar Armed Forces and the Chinaland Defense Force in the State of China and the People’s Defense Force in the Magway and Sagaing regions.”
“More than 37,000 people, including women and children, have been newly displaced, and more than 160 homes have been burned, including churches and the offices of a humanitarian organization,” Griffiths said. “Attacks directed against civilians and civilian infrastructure, including humanitarian workers and facilities, are expressly prohibited under international humanitarian law and must be stopped immediately.”