UN special rapporteur calls for ‘Covid ceasefire’
The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar yesterday called on the UN Security Council and member states to push for an emergency "Covid ceasefire" in light of an explosion of Covid-19 infections and deaths in Myanmar where attacks against the health workers escalated.
UN Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews stressed the urgent need for the member states to use all the tools of the UN, including passage of resolutions, demanding that the State Administrative Council (SAC) immediately cease all attacks, especially against health care professionals who are desperately needed to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Too many in Myanmar have needlessly perished and too many more will die without action by the United Nations," Andrews warned.
Myanmar junta since taking over power from elected government in February, has murdered at least 931 people and is holding at least 5,630 in arbitrary detention where they are in danger of being infected with the virus, the statement said.