The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is concerned that the unrest in Myanmar after a military coup will gradually turn into civil war.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, compared the current situation in Myanmar with the beginning of the civil war in Syria.
“I am afraid that the current situation in Myanmar will lead to a massive conflict. The country must not allow the deadly mistakes of the past that have occurred in Syria to be repeated elsewhere,” Bachelet said in Geneva on Tuesday (13/4).
Bachelet urged the Myanmar military to stop “massacres” of civilians, especially anti-junta protesters.
According to the Myanmar activist group, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), more than 710 people have died as a result of clashes between authorities and demonstrators since the coup took place on February 1.
Reported by Reuters , Bachelet also noted there are already more than 3,080 people have been arrested since the takeover of the civil power. He said the military junta had also sentenced 23 people to death in a clandestine trial.
Although the security apparatus has increasingly brutally cracked down on anti-junta military protesters, the civilian insurgent movement against the military coup continues to reverberate across Myanmar.
Not only civilians, at least ten of the largest ethnic militia groups in Myanmar declared their support to the people against the military junta.
The leader of the Shan State Restoration Council group, Yawd Serk, declared his support at a virtual meeting of Myanmar militias in early April.
Clashes between ethnic militia groups and security forces have also occurred in remote areas of Myanmar, where the military junta launched attacks on villages controlled by several ethnic militias in late March.
Children were reportedly killed in the airstrikes launched by the Myanmar military.