Taiwan's human rights commission calls for cease to Myanmar violence

05/07/2021 08:30 PM
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People in Myanmar have taken to the streets to denounce the military coup that toppled the democratically-elected government. File photo courtesy of the Anadolu Agency
People in Myanmar have taken to the streets to denounce the military coup that toppled the democratically-elected government. File photo courtesy of the Anadolu Agency

Taipei, May 7 (CNA) Taiwan's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) called on Myanmar's military junta on Friday to stop using violence against the country's people and said a dialogue must be launched for the restoration of peace and democracy there.

In a statement, the NHRC also noted that the violence committed by the military after it seized power in a coup on Feb. 1 has so far resulted in more than 700 deaths and has left hundreds of thousands of people displaced from their homes.

The actions of the military have seriously violated human rights and are an infringement of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which prohibits torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment, the statement read.

The NHRC, meanwhile, also urged the military junta to allow access to humanitarian aid and said that all political detainees must be released so that social and economic activities can soon return to normal in Myanmar.

The commission will continue to observe the situation, it said, and will work with regional and global human rights institutions to provide relevant humanitarian assistance to safeguard the basic human rights of life and freedom for the people of Myanmar.

(By Lai Yu-chen and Ko Lin)

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