Amnesty International and 200 other non-governmental organizations have called for a global arms embargo on Myanmar in the wake of continued military violence against protesters following a coup there in February.
“Now is the time for the UN Security Council to use its unique power to impose a global arms embargo to try and end the military’s killing spray,” said Lawrence Moss, Amnesty International’s senior UN advocate.
“My condemnation by the international community has had no effect,” he said.
Teams Is called The Security Council requested that in addition to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s ongoing inspections in Myanmar, that it monitor Iran’s compliance with “the steps required by the IAEA Board”.
“Not a single bullet should be sold to any government junta in this situation,” the group added. “In response to the escalating military violence, the Security Council should take the minimum necessary steps to impose a global arms embargo on Myanmar.”
The country has been in turmoil since daily protests by civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who dismissed the military on February 1, and a nationwide boycott of government workers.
According to local observers, about 70 people have been killed so far in the deadly crackdown and more than 4,500 people have been imprisoned. The military government said the death toll was much lower, which it blamed on “rioters”.
‘Time to make statement is over’
The report, dated February 24, by more than 100 non-governmental organizations, called on the Security Council to take immediate action to stop the flow of weapons to the military government.
Since the military coup, the Security Council has issued several statements calling on the military to restore democracy Stop using extra forces Against the protesters.
But the NGO group said “the time to make a statement has passed”.
The Security Council requested that in addition to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s ongoing inspections in Myanmar, that it monitor Iran’s compliance with “the steps required by the IAEA Board”.
“An arms embargo will be the focus of global efforts to protect the people of Myanmar from further atrocities and to end impunity for crimes under international law,” it added.
Speaking from the UN headquarters in New York, Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloumi said the group believed the international community had so far failed to resolve the situation in Myanmar.
“The UN Security Council has met at least five times in Myanmar, but most of these meetings have been behind closed doors and the situation is looking worse.”
Salomon added, however, that with the Security Council splitting over Myanmar, it is not clear whether any decision will be issued on the issue, with China taking action against the pressure of sanctions.
“Many of the council’s diplomats have expressed similar concerns with NGO groups … others believe the soft pressure should continue,” he said.
People’s Defense Force
On Wednesday, a government weapons sanctions on Myanmar’s political shadow of political protests against the coup and appealed to the police and military forces to protect civilians in the face of deadly weapons to deploy a “people’s defense forces” have formed.
A group of ousted lawmakers calling themselves the National Union Government (NUG) and working underground to oppose the military government said in a statement that the force was the predecessor of a “federal union army”, referring to the long-standing insurgency in Myanmar. The idea of bringing.
Some in the anti-coup movement have called for unity among Myanmar’s countless rebel armed groups to defeat the army’s well-trained troops.
Several groups have condemned the military coup and the use of violence against unarmed civilians. Some are even providing shelter and training to dissidents who have fled to their areas.
But more than 20 groups – made up of discriminating minorities fighting for more autonomy – have long distrusted the left-leaning majority, including politicians associated with Aung San Suu Kyi’s government.
An official from the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) – which it says is harboring anti-coup opponents – has expressed skepticism over the NUG announcement.
“As far as I know, they enter the jungle themselves and receive training from (ethnic armed groups) … NNG does not make decisions,” said KNPP vice chairman Khu O Reh.
He added that the NUG had talked to several rebel groups about militias made up of civilians, “I have no idea what their purpose is.”