Yangon, July 8

At least 40 humanitarian workers have been killed in the more than two years since the military coup in Myanmar, said Volker Turk, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

On July 6, he reported the circumstances of the killing and arrest of social workers in Myanmar at the Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva.

Humanitarian workers are being deliberately targeted amid the ongoing fighting between the military regime and resistance fighters.

Volker Turk stated that the majority of the victims were members of local social rescue groups and denounced the atrocities of the military regime.

An official of the social relief organization has requested not to carry out targeted attacks on the members of the social rescue teams during the conflict between the two sides.

Hea said, “Local organizations, which provide the vast majority of humanitarian aid, face the greatest risks in carrying out their work, and his office continues to document repeated violations of the most brutal forms: sexual violence, mass killings, extra-judicial executions, beheadings, dismemberments, and mutilations. This constitutes a complete disregard of the principles of international human rights and international humanitarian law”.

Another official of the social relief organization told Than Lwin Times, “We are very worried about our lives carrying out rescue operations during the fighting, and in some cases, regime troops use the vehicles of the rescue teams”.

According to the report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, continuous airstrikes and artillery shelling are on the rise, with a 33% increase in indiscriminate airstrikes compared to the first half of last year, and artillery attacks accounting for 80% of total attacks last year, with rising attacks on civilian targets, including villages, schools, hospitals, and places of worship.

The military has killed nearly 4,000 individuals and arrested over 23,000 more since they came to power, and about 70,000 villages have been razed to the ground, depriving the villagers of shelter, food, water, and life-saving aid, according to the report.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reports that more than 15 million people are in urgent need of food and nutrition support due to the systematic ban on humanitarian access by the military council.

News – Than Lwin Times

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