AMNESTY INT’L TAGS MYANMAR KILLINGS AS EXTRAJUDICIAL EXECUTIONS
Updated: Mar 12
The military junta in Myanmar is deliberately using lethal weapons against participants in peaceful protests, according to investigations by human rights activists, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported.
"Many of the killings documented amount to extrajudicial executions," Amnesty International said on Thursday, citing an analysis of 50 videos. Independent reports more than 60 people had been killed by Myanmar security forces since the coup of February 1, 2021.
The research also revealed that some of the military units Amnesty had accused in the past of war crimes and crimes against humanity were now being used against protesters, Amnesty said.
"Footage clearly shows that Myanmar military troops - also known as the Tatmadaw - are increasingly armed with weapons that are only appropriate for the battlefield, not for policing actions," Amnesty said.
Among other things, they were firing indiscriminately with live ammunition in urban areas.
"These Myanmar military tactics are far from new, but their killing sprees have never before been live-streamed for the world to see," said Joanne Mariner, director of crisis response at Amnesty International.