Amnesty denounces “extrajudicial executions” and use of weapons of war

One month after the start of the army coup in Burma, the NGO Amnesty International publishes its first report and denounces extrajudicial executions, as well as the use ofweapons of war against protesters.

The NGO analyzed 55 videos filmed by locals or journalists between February 28 and March 8 in several cities of the country, in a state of turmoil since the coup and the arrest of the head of the civilian government Aung San Suu Kyi, with daily demonstrations violently repressed .

“This is not about the actions of overwhelmed officers making poor decisions,” said Joanne Mariner, Amnesty director of crisis management. “These are unrepentant commanders who are already involved in crimes against humanity who deploy their troops and murderous methods in broad daylight, “he adds.

Use of weapons of war against protesters

The organization denounces “extrajudicial executions” such as that of a man handed over to a group of security forces. According to the March 3 recording posted on Twitter, he was shot and killed when he appeared to show no resistance.

The NGO also pointed out the use of weapons whose use is “totally inappropriate” in the context of demonstrations, such as machine guns, sniper rifles and semi-automatic weapons.

Amnesty urged the UN Security Council to intervene Wednesday night, which “strongly condemned” and unanimously “violence against peaceful protesters, including women, youth and children” in Burma. At least 60 civilians died and about 2,000 people detained since February 1, according to the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners.

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