Myanmar’s ambassador to the UK accused a figure connected to the Yangon army of seizing the embassy and preventing him from accessing, in an unusual diplomatic standoff a month after the special envoy called for the army. Release deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The latest development comes as violence in Myanmar continues with at least 20 people killed in the Sagaing and Bago regions, with more than 600 dead due to the military suppression of protesters, Myanmar Now reported. on Thursday, citing data compiled by the Association for Supporting Political Prisoners (AAPP).
In London, protesters gathered outside the Mayfair neighborhood building with ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn, when reports emerged that he had been locked up. When asked who was inside, he replied: “Defense attaché, they occupy my embassy.”
The ambassador told the AFP news agency he would stay outside the embassy “all night”, explaining “this is my building”.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military’s removal of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1 sparking international protests and condemnations.
So it is clear that the police cannot enter the embassy as it is considered a foreign country (Burma).
They are telling people to leave or they will punish them for breaking Covid’s regs.
– MiMi Aye (@meemalee) April 7, 2021
The military government summoned their ambassador to the UK last month after he issued a notice urging them to release Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint.
“Diplomacy is the only response and answer to the current impasse,” Kyaw Zwar Minn said in a statement shared by British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab on social media.
Britain’s Foreign Affairs Office, which has strongly criticized the coup, said it was “seeking more information after an incident at the Myanmar embassy in London,” and the Capital Police said it was aware about the situation.
Kyaw Zwar Minn told the Daily Telegraph that “when I left the embassy, they broke into the embassy and took it away.
“They said they had received instructions from the capital, so they wouldn’t let me in,” he added, calling on the British government to intervene.
– Wa Lone (@ walone4) April 7, 2021
Profile abuse of rights
Protests calling for the return of democracy and the release of Aung San Suu Kyi have rocked Myanmar almost every day since the coup.
Civil servants, doctors and other key personnel stopped working as part of a civil disobedience movement that prevented the military from running the country.
In response, security forces used rubber bullets and real bullets to disrupt the protests and arrested thousands of activists.
International powers have voiced anger and dismay at the military regime’s brutal approach and imposed sanctions on key officials.
However, while the United Nations Security Council condemns the deaths of civilians, it has stopped considering sanctions, with both China and Russia opposing the move.
And so far, diplomatic pressure does not seem to have affected the bloodshed much.
A group representing the ousted civilian government on Wednesday said it had gathered 180,000 evidence that the military authorities violated human rights, including torture and ex-judicial murder.
A lawyer from the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Representative Committee (CRPH) – a group of congressmen from Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party – met with UN investigators on Monday. Wednesday to discuss alleged atrocities.
The group said in a statement: “This evidence points to the military’s widespread violations of human rights.
These include more than 540 illegal executions, 10 deaths of detained prisoners, torture, illegal detention and disproportionate use of force against peaceful protests, claims to know.
Nearly 50 people killed were children.
According to the AAPP, with many protesters now in hiding to escape arrest, the military authorities are increasingly taking their family members hostage.
‘Destroy the country’
The head of the military government, Lieutenant General Min Aung Hlaing, insisted it had settled the protests “in a democratic way,” in a speech reported by state media on Wednesday.
He accused the protesters of wanting to “destroy the country” and said only 248 protesters were killed, along with 16 police officers.
Robert Volterra, the CRPH’s lawyer – which claims the right to speak up for the country rather than the military government – held talks with the United Nations Independent Investigation Mechanism on Myanmar on Wednesday and gave Next meetings have been scheduled for the coming days.
Amnesty International human rights organization last month reported that the military government is using battlefield weapons against unarmed protesters and carrying out pre-arranged killings by their commanding officer.
The growing bloodshed has sent warnings that Myanmar could plunge into a broader civil war.
In addition to disrupting protests and arrests, security forces have also sought to turn off news about the crisis, control internet access and independent media.
In response, several activists started a two-page daily newsletter called The Voice of Spring, which aggregated independent media reports and published it on Twitter.