The United Nations warned on Friday that any sanctions imposed on the coup in Myanmar must be “carefully” directed against those responsible in order to avoid injuring vulnerable people.
Speaking to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, UN Deputy Justice Leader Nada al-Nashif expressed concern after Washington announced sanctions against the generals behind the coup in Myanmar last week.
Other countries are considering similar steps.
“Any sanctions under consideration should be carefully targeted against specific individuals who are credibly alleged to have violated the rights of the people,” said al-Nashif.
“The leaders of this coup are an appropriate focus of such action,” she said, adding, “it is vital that no harm is done to the most vulnerable people in the country.”
She spoke before a special session of the Council, which the UK and the European Union urged to discuss the situation in Myanmar after the military took control there on February 1.
The new U.S. sanctions target Min Aung Hlaing and other top generals after President Joe Biden announced his administration would block military access to $ 1 billion in funds.
“The world is watching”
Huge crowds have been rushing to cities around Myanmar for days to demand the return of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and there have been concerns about strict police tactics in dispersing the largely peaceful crowds.
“The world is watching,” warned al-Nashif.
“Draconian orders were issued this week to prevent peaceful gatherings and free expression, and the police and military presence on the streets has increased in recent days.
“Let’s be clear: the indiscriminate use of lethal or less lethal weapons against peaceful demonstrators is unacceptable,” she said.
During Friday’s one-day session, diplomats will examine a draft resolution calling for the immediate release of Suu Kyi, who was the de facto civilian leader in the country until the February 1 coup.
She was jailed with dozens of other members of her National League for Democracy party, including President Win Myint, to end a decade of civil rule and spark international condemnation.
The resolution also called for “the restoration of the democratically elected government” and the “immediate and permanent lifting of restrictions on the Internet, telecommunications and social media”.
And she called for “unrestricted and unrestricted access” to the country by the UN law enforcement officers.
The draft now called for no sanctions against the generals behind the coup.
Observers suggested that stronger positions in the text could be avoided in order to gain wider support in the Council, where consensus support is preferred.
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