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Published: 14:14, February 24, 2021

A man hits a plastic container to make a noise after protest calls were posted on social media in Yangon on February 3, 2021, when Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi was formally indicted on Wednesday, two days after her detention in a military coup has been. – AFP photo

The United Nations Security Council should “launch a coordinated global arms embargo against the Myanmar military,” said Fortify Rights and 136 other organizations in an open letter to the HR body and the UN member states on Wednesday.

“The Myanmar military poses a demonstrable threat to international peace and security,” said Matthew Smith, chairman of Fortify Rights, adding, “The Security Council should break its long history of inaction towards Myanmar and act immediately on this crisis respond. “

The open letter signatories are from 31 countries and include Fortify Rights, Human Rights Watch and a diverse group of human rights organizations worldwide.

Dozens of Myanmar-led organizations based in the country and Rohingya-led ones Bodies signed the letter, which after the February 1st coup in Myanmar received a high level of a n interethnic unity, said Fortify Rights.

The published open letter focuses on the February 1 coup and the junta’s deadly crackdown on nationwide protests.

The Myanmar military “has elected civilian leaders arrested the country, annulled the results of the November 2020 democratic elections and installed a junta, the State Administrative Council, in a manufactured “state of emergency”, the letter reads.

On Monday, millions of people across the country joined forces Myanmar joined the “Movement of Civil Disobedience” by participating in a nationwide general strike and street protests.

State security forces used lethal force against unarmed demonstrators and Wai Yan Htun, 16, and Thet Naing Win, 36, in Mandalay and Tin Htut Hein (30) killed while on a “night watch” in Yangon on February 20.

On February 19, 20-year-old Mya Thwate Thwate died Khaing on the consequences of injuries after she was shot in the head by security forces in Naypyidaw on February 9th.

The police have used excessive force in various locations since February 1st – including high-pressure water cannons, beatings, Rubber bullets and other less lethal projectiles – and injured numerous points in the process.

According to the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners, as of February 22, more than 630 people have either escaped arbitrary arrest or are currently in custody since the junta died Has taken power.

In addition to the overthrow of a democratically elected government and the arbitrary detention of an elected world leader, the Myanmar military is also responsible for mass atrocities and protracted human rights violations that have gone with impunity against the Rohingya and Arakanese (Rakhine), Kachin, Shan Karen and other people of ethnic nationality.

With his people The 2017 Rohingya murder offensive massacred countless civilians and forced nearly 800,000 people to flee to Bangladesh.

The Myanmar authorities continue to restrict more than 125,000 Rohingya and other Muslims to more than 20 internment camps in five townships in Rakhine state. Several armed conflicts continue in the country.

The UN Security Council already recognizes humanitarian emergencies, atrocities, military coups and cross-border refugee crises as legitimate threats to international peace.

The United Kingdom is the current President of the UN Security Council, and the United States will become President March 1st.

“There is no question that the Myanmar military remains a threat to international peace and security beyond this coup,” Matthew Smith said, adding added:

Despite the longstanding threat to peace and security posed by the military in Myanmar, the UN Security Council has never used its authority under Chapter VII of the UN Charter with regard to Myanmar. Chapter VII enables the UN Security Council to “determine the existence of a threat to peace, violation of peace, or act of aggression” and to take military and non-military action to “restore international peace and security”.

In 2007, China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on Myanmar. Months later, the Myanmar people staged nationwide protests for democracy, similar to the protests now taking place.

In response, Myanmar State security forces killed unarmed democracy protesters and Japanese journalist Kenji Nagai with impunity.

Am On February 2, the UN Security Council called an emergency meeting on the situation in Myanmar and was unable to agree on a common position. The panel later issued a statement on the situation in Myanmar.

“Council members should use this new-found consensus to take action quickly and substantively,” said the open letter published today.

“A Arms embargo would be at the core of a global effort to protect the people of Myanmar from a return to abusive and autocratic rule, “it added.

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