The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, warned of a full blown conflict in Myanmar akin to the one that took place in Syria back in 2011.
“Statements of condemnation, and limited targeted sanctions, are clearly not enough. States with influence need to urgently apply concerted pressure on the military in Myanmar to halt the commission of grave human rights violations and possible crimes against humanity” She said.
Her statement followed the killing of at least 82 people in Bago, where, according to reports, Myanmar’s Military opened fire with RPGs, Mortars, and Grenades.
There were also reports of the security forces preventing medical personnel from helping the wounded, and charging relatives a heavy fine just to claim the bodies of their loved ones.
The High Commissioner also emphasized on the need to cut off the supply of arms and finances to important figures in the military that played a part in the recent human rights violations, referring to a recent report of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, which mentioned specific recommendations with regard to Myanmar’s Military.