LAST UPDATED: March 16, 2021, 1:09 p.m.
United Nations: At Least 138 peaceful protestors have been killed in Myanmar since February 1 military coup, the United Nations said on Monday.
UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said, according to the figures from the United Nations Human Rights Office, 38 people were killed on Sunday, the majority in the Hlaing Thayer area of Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city and 18 people were killed on Saturday which included children and women.
“UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “strongly condemns this ongoing violence against peaceful protestors and continuing violation of the fundamental human rights of the people of Myanmar,” Dujarric said.
The UN Chief calls on the international community, including regional countries “to come together in solidarity with the people of Myanmar and their democratic aspirations,” the spokesman said.
UN special envoy Christine Schraner issued a statement criticizing the bloodshed “as the military defies international calls, including from the Security Council, for restrain, dialogue and full respect for human rights and fundamental freedom,” Dujarric said.