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KNU urges the UN and the international community to take effective action in the humanitarian crisis

KNU urges the UN and the international community to take effective action in the humanitarian crisis emergency.

People across the country face and suffer from the killings of the military every day. The KNU center urged the UN and the international community to take effective measures as the humanitarian crisis has reached an emergency.

"The information we collected directly from the ground, according to the evidence, the people of the whole of Myanmar, including the people living in the KNU-administered area, are facing daily terrorist killings. Humanitarian crises are far from an emergency. What needs to be highlighted is the need for effective action as soon as possible." KNU-Karen National Association General Secretary 2 Pado Saw Hla Tun said.

The report released by the KNU Center today on April 5th, regarding the serious human rights violations in the Kaw Thu Lay administrative area for 2 years since the Burmese military seized power in 2021.

In the report, the United Nations Organization calls on the international governments and international organizations, Thailand including Southeast Asian member countries, to prevent and protect human rights violations against the people of Myanmar in the most effective way as soon as possible.

To bring out justice and to have coordinated humanitarian networks. In those areas, they are encouraged to cross the border or through key areas of the country without being blocked by aid organizations to go and provide support to the areas most in need.

In addition to this, Pado Saw Hla Tun added that since attacks targeting the public are war crimes committed against humanity, justice must be achieved for the people and the Myanmar military must be held accountable for their crimes.

In the two years since the military coup, there have been 7,587 clashes with the military council in the KNU-Karen National Union-administered area. In addition, KNU said that the coup military council used a "the four cuts" strategy to attack not only democracy activists but also the public. They are said to have committed 19 types of human rights violations, including theft of public property, forcing people, unreasonable arresting, torturing, killings, demanding money, using civilians as human shields; burning down people's houses and destroying them all.

Similarly, the coup military council forces targeted the public 230 times from the air, destroying 183 homes and killing 22 people. Similarly, the military council forces fired 758 rounds of heavy weapons and destroyed 227 homes and killed about 120 people, according to the statement.

According to the report, from February 1st, 2021, since the military took power, to December 31st, 2022, KNU said that the information were compiled based on the evidence obtained from interviews with local people who personally experienced human rights violations, along with information sent by Karen civil society organizations, information sent by employees, Karen National Liberation Army Central Headquarters' daily records and information and the districts/townships/village level KNU in the KawThuLae administrative area.

Since the military coup in 2021, around 1 in 7 people have fled the war and 60,459 houses have been burned down. Around 17 million people, a third of the country's population, are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to UN agencies. The Military Council has arrested a total of 17,336 people and 3,211 people have been killed, according to AAPP, the Association for the Support of Political Prisoners.


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