Digital Desk: The United Nations Security Council denounced the killing of more than 35 people in eastern Kayah state, Myanmar, on December 25.
Members of the UN Security Council “emphasized the need to ensure responsibility for this crime” in a statement published Wednesday evening. They also demanded an immediate end to all violence and highlighted the need of upholding human rights and safeguard civilian safety.
According to the statement of UN Security Councils, “At least 35 individuals” were murdered in the incident, including four children and two humanitarian workers.”
Moreover, the Security Council also stressed the necessity for secure and unhindered humanitarian access to all those in need and complete protection, safety, and security of humanitarian and medical staff.
Following the attack, the anti-junta rebels said they discovered more than 30 bodies on a highway in Kayah state, including women and children. In addition, two humanitarian workers had been reported missing, and later the rights organization verified that they were among the deceased on Tuesday.
According to a local monitoring organization, Myanmar has been in disarray since the February coup, with more than 1,300 people dead in military repression.
Self-proclaimed People’s Defense Forces have sprouted up throughout the nation to oppose the junta, drawing the military into a violent stalemate of battles and retaliation.
Following the incident, Washington resumed its support for an arms embargo against the junta.
Western nations have limited weapons to Myanmar’s military, accused of crimes against humanity for a violent campaign against the Rohingya minority, even during the pre-coup political transition.
In June, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution prohibiting arms supply to Myanmar. Still, the move was symbolic because the more powerful Security Council did not adopt it.
Myanmar’s leading weaponry suppliers are China and Russia, which have veto power in the UN Security Council.