“Mass deaths from starvation, disease and exposure could occur in Kayah state, after many of the 100,000 forced to flee into the forests by junta bombs are now cut off from food, water and medicine by the junta. The international community must act, “UN Special Rapporteur for Myanmar, Tom Andrews, tweeted Monday.
Mass deaths from starvation, disease and exposure could occur in Kayah state after many of the 100,000 forced to flee into the forests by junta bombs are now cut off from food, water and medicine by the junta. The international community must act. My full statement below. pic.twitter.com/69fxZHRMN7
– A special speaker Tom Andrews (@RporterUn) June 8, 2021
In his notice, Mr. Andrews noted that the Kayah state attacks were just the latest in a series across Myanmar that caused mass displacement and suffering, from Mutraw in Karen state to Mindat in Chin state and Bago city.
The independent rights expert, who reports to the Human Rights Council, stressed that the lives of many thousands of men, women and children were threatened by indiscriminate attacks, on a scale not seen since the February 1 coup, “which probably amount to heinous mass crimes”.
The development echoes the concern of the UN Country Team in Myanmar, which on Monday highlighted the rapid deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in Kayah State and other parts of the country, linked to protests caused by the military takeover.
Primary needs blocked
Citing credible reports, Andrews said people were in dire need of food, water, medicine and shelter after reported clashes with community volunteer militias, while the UN national team said many had also sought safety in communities. hosts and in the forests of Kayah and southern parts of neighboring Shan state.
According to the Special Rapporteur, aid deliveries would have been blocked to those forced to flee their homes to escape bombing and artillery fire, and the military would also have placed mines on public roads.
“Any pressure or influence that UN member states may exert on the junta must now be exerted” to encourage junta leader Min Aung Hlaing to allow the entry of life-saving aid and to stop “terrorizing the population by ceasing air strikes , bombings and shootings on civilians ”.
Medical teams a goal a
Despite the fact that the United Nations aid teams and their partners had supplies ready to be deployed, “insecurity, travel restrictions imposed by security forces and poor road conditions are delaying the delivery of supplies,” said the team in a note.
The team called on “the security forces to allow safe passage of supplies and humanitarian personnel and to facilitate our ability to directly provide aid to all those who need it.”
“Now, more than ever, the international community must cut off access to the resources the junta needs to continue these brutal attacks on the people of Myanmar,” Andrews said.