Over 300 people have been killed as Myanmar’s military forces continue their crackdown on anti-coup protests, according to Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).
Based on AAPP’s data as of March 25, a total of 2,981 have been arrested, charged, or sentenced; while 320 individuals, including a 7-year-old child, were killed.
AAPP is a human rights organization based in Thailand, and Rangoon, Burma. The advocacy group also noted that 90% of the casualties were shot by Myanmar’s security forces.
“Night protests were held in a number towns, some of which were violently cracked down. People were shot to death, injured, and arrested,” according to the AAPP.
Due to the worsening situation in Myanmar, United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Tom Andrews, on Thursday (March 25) called on UN member states to hold an emergency summit for an “immediate robust, international response in support of those under siege.”
“Without a focused, diplomatic solution, including the hosting of an emergency summit that brings together Myanmar’s neighbors and those countries with great influence in the region, I fear the situation of human rights in Myanmar will further deteriorate as the junta increases the rate of murders, enforced disappearances and torture,” Andrews said. -AAC (with reports from Kath Dumaraos)