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Myanmar: UN Human Rights Council spotlights human rights violations

DW, 12 Feb 2021
The United Nations' top rights body opened an urgent session on the Myanmar military coup on Friday, amid calls for sanctions against the junta.
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has no power to impose sanctions, but it can act as a vehicle to train international attention to human rights violations.

What did the UN Human Rights Council say?:
- More than 350 people in Myanmar have been arrested since the February 1 military coup
- Some of those arrested, including officials, activists, and monks, face charges on "dubious grounds"
- There are growing reports and photographic evidence that "Myanmar security forces have used live ammunition against protesters"
- There was evidence that the military had given "draconian orders" against freedom of expression
- There has been a growing presence of soldiers on the street


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