Episode: KPN 31-1-2022 Kaladan Radio
UN Special Rapporteur on Burma Tom Andrews says the military council is treating the Burmese people as an enemy. In an interview with VOA’s Margaret Besheer, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation in Burma said that the international community needs to put more pressure on the international community to end the coup and return to democracy. Win Min told the full story.
UN special envoy Tom Andrews has expressed his deep respect for the people of Burma, who have been fighting relentlessly for democracy in the face of brutal killings and torture.
“I talked to people who were always moving and hiding,” he said. It is difficult to stay in one place for more than four days. If the police do not find those arrested, their parents and children will be released. Children Brothers and sisters, Children as young as four were abducted here. They also spoke to family members of their children who had been detained. “These children were arrested not because they did it themselves, but because they were related to those who had been issued arrest warrants.”
Andrews also sharply criticized the military council for making it an enemy of its own people.
“As soon as it is suspected that it is helping the opposition, the whole community is sending military helicopters, He was shot with heavy artillery. In practice, it is like declaring war on the people. The military considers all those living in such villages in Burma as enemies. “So the way they are doing it is like they have a license to attack and kill people.”UN special envoy Tom Andrews
“As soon as it is suspected that it is helping the opposition, the whole community is sending military helicopters, He was shot with heavy artillery. In practice, it is like declaring war on the people. The military considers all those living in such villages in Burma as enemies. “So the way they are doing it is like they have a license to attack and kill people.”
Andrews has accused the junta leader of openly undermining international efforts, including from Asean.
“Senior General Min Aung Hlaing seems to see the consensus reached at the 24th ASEAN Summit in April as a propaganda ploy,” he said. In fact, he attended the summit and agreed. One of the common agreements is to stop violence. But when he returned to Burma, he insisted that this was not a common agreement. “These are just suggestions.”
So when asked how the international community should overcome this, Andrews added:
“I can not trust Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. He will be pessimistic about Asean’s efforts to find a solution or solution to the Burmese crisis. Five ASEAN Common Agreements have been played. So it’s really important that the international community put enough pressure on us to make progress in every action, including the current five agreements. Only then can Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and the military regime continue what they are doing now. You will know that it is going to fail. ”
Asked what exactly the pressure was meant here, Andrews replied:
“Senior General Min Aung Hlaing will understand that I was wrong the next day and will not stop fighting and killing,” he said. This will only happen if the pressure is strong enough, both at home and abroad. There is still enough pressure at home. But now we need to pay more from abroad. Only when these pressures intensify can there be hope that we can change the catastrophic events we are witnessing. “
Andrews said the Security Council, as a whole, should work with either the Security Council or its members to cut off the money and weapons that are left behind. Andrews goes on to explain why.
“The difference here is that the junta only has weapons,” he said. That’s left. All the people are on the side of the opposition. “Therefore, we can only achieve the ultimate success if the international community can put all the pressure and confidence on the international community to do so.
Andrews also called on the international community to do its utmost to address the food and drug shortages that many refugees face.
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