UN, international community strongly condemn Pazigyi airstrike

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Kanbalu, April (13)

The officials from the United Nations and the international community have strongly condemned the military council’s deadly airstrike that killed dozens of people, including women and children, in Pazigyi village in Sagaing Region’s Kanbalu Township.

The junta aircraft strafed the civilians using jet fighter and Mi-35 and dropped bombs onto a crowd of people who were gathering for the opening of an office of local defense forces in Pazigyi village, an opposition stronghold, in the early morning of April 11.

The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, condemned the attack and demanded that those responsible for the attack be held accountable.

The Secretary-General offers his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and calls for those injured to be allowed urgent medical treatment and access to assistance.

UN Human Rights Chief Volker Türk said on April 11 that despite clear legal obligations for the military to protect civilians in the conduct of hostilities, there has been blatant disregard for the related rules of international law.

He added that the military and its affiliated militias are responsible for an extremely broad range of human rights violations and abuses since February 1, 2021, some of which may constitute crimes against humanity and war crimes.

The French Embassy in Myanmar condemns and expresses its horror at the aerial bombardment carried out by the junta and reiterates its call for an end to the violence perpetrated by the Myanmar security forces, the release of political prisoners, and the full and complete implementation of the five-point consensus agreed upon by the ASEAN member states as requested by the United Nations Security Council in its resolution 2669.

General Zaw Min Tun, the spokesperson of the military council, admitted that the airstrike was carried out because the NUG, CRPH, and PDF groups launched an office opening ceremony in Pazigyi village.

Although dozens of people were killed and many more injured in the junta airstrike, ASEAN has remained silent on criticizing the military council, which has admitted committing the brutal attack.

News – Than Lwin Times

Photo: Aung San Myint

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