The UN Secretary General has condemned the increase in violence and attacks on civilians in Myanmar

The UN Secretary General has condemned the increase in violence and attacks on civilians in Myanmar

The Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterres, “strongly condemns” the latest attack by the Myanmar army in Rakhine State and Sagaing Region, which has reportedly claimed many civilian lives.

The UN spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said Guterres was very concerned about the increase in violence in Myanmar.

“The Secretary-General calls on all parties involved in the conflict to exercise maximum self-control, prioritize the protection of civilians in accordance with international humanitarian law and prevent further incitement to community tension and violence.

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the widening regional implications of the deteriorating situation in Myanmar and reiterates his call for a joint approach,” Dujarric said in a statement on Thursday.

Dujarric said the latest incidents targeting the Rakhine ethnic group in Western Myanmar, as well as the continued oppression of the Rohingya, underscore the need to protect all communities.

“Indiscriminate aerial bombardment and human rights violations continue to be reported in many parts of the country. Those responsible must be brought to justice,” he said.

Dujarric said Guterres urged member states and all stakeholders to interact and support the Special Envoy, Julie Bishop, in her efforts to alleviate suffering and help build an inclusive Myanmar process towards lasting peace, including through close cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and neighboring countries.

Tens of thousands of people have been made homeless following the escalation of violence between the Myanmar army and the Arakan Army in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

Media reports indicated the attack targeted the Rohingya Muslim community in Rakhine.

Last week, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said three million people were now internally displaced in Myanmar, with many trying to seek refuge in neighboring countries.

He said the situation in Rakhine State was reported to be “extremely worrying.”.

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