World News: As the government’s crackdown against protesters in Myanmar is becoming deadlier day by day and death count gradually going up, UN Envoy to Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener warned that Myanmar is facing a possibility of a major civil war, at an “unprecedented scale”. And, urged UN to take considerable actions to normalise the situation.
Burgener did not specify the actions, but she did paint a dire picture of the country on the verge of spiraling into a failed state. She said that this can just happen right under our watch and failure to prevent any possibilities of such can cost us much more in the longer term than investing in the prevention right now.
In a virtual meeting with the UN council, she urged the UN to use all collective tools to take a collective action to prevent a “multidimensional catastrophe in the heart of Asia”. She also mentioned some important numbers regarding the intensity of crackdown in the country, 2279 people arrested and 536 people have died.
The UN Envoy expressed her fears of serious human rights violations that happen in Myanmar right under our noses and seems to only get more bloodier as the military seeks to strengthen their ultimate grip on the country and the people. She also mentioned the situation where dialogues are useless as the government has shut all doors to the outside world.
She said that if the world waits until Myanmar is ready to talk, a full-scale bloodbath will be done within the time. Burgener got into contact with those who are close to the Tatmadaw to let them know about the damage they are doing to their own reputation and the kinds of security threats that Myanmar is posing to the stability of the region.
“A robust international response requires a unified regional position, especially with neighbouring countries leveraging their influence towards stability in Myanmar,” Schraner Burgener said, adding that she plans to visit the region, hopefully next week.
The CRPH, the democratically elected government in exile wrote a letter to the UN Secretary General Antonio Gueterres and British UN ambassador to impose robust and targeted sanctions on military enterprises like oil and gas sector and freeze assets related to the Myanmar military that are a major source of income to the military.
But, Russia’s ambassador to UN Dimitri Polansky told in an interaction with reporters that all council members wish to stop what is going on in Myanmar, but the world media is provoking the protesters to fight more and more. And especially the so-called sanctions and punitive measures will not help the government slow down, but only incite them to act violently against the citizens.
He pointed out that it is a very thin line between trying to help and interfering in the internal affairs of another country. Myanmar military has conducted air raids in the Kachin state against the Kachin Independence Army. These air raids have sent thousands ethnic Karen people flee into neighbouring Thailand.
As the government is intensifying its crackdown against certain ethnic people, many armed groups have sprouted to fight against the military. And, this situation involving the crackdown on ethnic groups, armed groups against the military and the on-going protests and crackdown on protesters might just devolve into a deadly civil war.