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Violence Escalating in Myanmar, Country is in a 'Human Rights Catastrophe', Warns UN

A man flashes the three-finger salute as he passes burning tires during a protest against the military coup, in Mandalay, Myanmar. (Reuters)

A man flashes the three-finger salute as he passes burning tires during a protest against the military coup, in Mandalay, Myanmar. (Reuters)

The United Nations said the military leadership was "singularly responsible" for the crisis.

The UN rights chief said Friday that violence was escalating across Myanmar, warning that the country had plunged into a “human rights catastrophe" since a February 1 coup.

“In just over four months, Myanmar has gone from being a fragile democracy to a human rights catastrophe," Michelle Bachelet said in a statement, saying the military leadership was “singularly responsible" for the crisis.

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first published:June 11, 2021, 15:31 IST