"Intensifying violence in Myanmar, 'A human rights catastrophe' : UN"
The UN human rights chief has cautioned that violence is spreading across Myanmar, accusing the military government of being "singularly responsible" for a "human rights catastrophe."
Multiple reports suggested that armed conflict was continuing, including in Kayah, Chin, and Kachin states, with the violence especially acute in areas with substantial ethnic and religious minorities, according to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in a statement released on Friday.
“There seem to be no steps toward de-escalation, but rather a build-up of troops in key areas, in violation of the military's promises to ASEAN to end the violence,” Bachelet said, referring to the 10-nation regional bloc.
“Myanmar has gone from a fragile democracy to a human rights crisis in just over four months,” Bachelet said. “The military leadership alone is to blame for this crisis, and they must be held accountable.”
The United Nations, Western countries, and China all support ASEAN's peace efforts, but the Myanmar military, known as the Tatmadaw, has focused on its own five-step plan to hold a new election.