Myanmar Citizens Request the UN to Invoke “Responsibility To Protect” Measure
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In an image taken from an aerial point of view, the message “We Need R2P” was seen lit up from the ground.
It’s a call from the Myanmar citizens to the United Nations (UN) to provide intervention with force.
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“The responsibility to protect embodies a political commitment to end the worst forms of violence and persecution. It seeks to narrow the gap between Member States’ pre-existing obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law and the reality faced by populations at risk of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.”
So far the UN only offered statements of strong condemnation of the military coup, but it is unclear what specific actions they have taken to assist the situation in Myanmar.
They also rebuked the lethal and violent force that the military, known as Tatmadaw, are using against protesters.
“[Guterres] is deeply disturbed by the increase in deaths and serious injuries. The use of lethal force against peaceful protesters and arbitrary arrests are unacceptable,” a spokesperson for UN Secretary-General António Guterres said.
But the military has shown disregard for both economic sanctions and the condemnation of world organizations.
Dr. Sasa, envoy representing Myanmar’s Parliament to the UN, said he is unsurprised at the military’s use of lethal force.
“In a way, it’s not surprising. That’s exactly what happened in 1988,” Dr. Sasa told CNN in a reference to the violent crackdown on pro-democracy student protests in August of 1988 in Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon.
“It seems like they have a license to kill,” Dr. Sasa said.
The latest death was Ma Kyal Sin, 19, who was shot dead while protesting in Mandalay. The bullet allegedly came from a sniper; it was a headshot.
At the time she was shot, she was wearing a shirt that read “Everything Will Be Ok”.
Kyal Sin was a martial arts lover and was one of the many youths on the front lines of the anti-coup protests.
Prominent Burmese professional mixed martial arts fighter, Aung La Nsang, posted about the shooting on his social media page.
“It wasn’t a stray bullet that killed [Kyal Sin] but a precise head shot. Having a daughter myself, my heart aches her father and her family. She loved martial arts and she died wearing a shirt that read ‘Everything will be OK.’ If the world waits and watches, there will be a lot more bloodshed and deaths. @unitednations please do something about our people.”
Kyal Sin’s death comes following the death of Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing, 19, who was also shot in the head at a protest.
Ma Kyal Sin and Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing are just two of the several more civilians that have been killed by the armed forces.
Most recently, a National League for Democracy (NLD) party village chair and his nephew were hacked to death with a blade.
Myanmar Now, an independent Myanmar news agency, reported 53-year-old Htway Naing, the National League for Democracy’s local village chair and his 17-year-old nephew Nan Wai Aung were killed by opposition political party members.