U.N. rights investigator calls for sanctions on Myanmar

 

February 12, 2021

 


The UN said there are growing reports that Myanmar security forces have used live ammunition against protesters, in violation of international law. Photo: AP

 

By Reuters Staff

 

GENEVA – The United Nations human rights investigator for Myanmar said on Friday there were “growing reports, photographic evidence” that security forces have used live ammunition against protesters, in violation of international law.

Thomas Andrews said that the U.N. Security Council should consider imposing sanctions, arms embargos, and travel bans due to the military coup on Feb. 1 and reiterated his request to carry out a mission to the country.

Myint Thu, Myanmar’s ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva, said that it would maintain cooperation with the U.N. and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), adding: “We do not want to stall the nascent democratic transition in the country.”

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge

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