'Time for de-escalation' in Myanmar, says Chinese envoy to UN

'Time for de-escalation' in Myanmar, says Chinese envoy to UN

"These are not the actions of overwhelmed, individual officers making poor decisions", she said.

Rights group Amnesty International accused the military of adopting battle tactics against demonstrators.

Thomas Andrews told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that Myanmar was now being "controlled by a murderous, illegal regime" which was likely perpetrating "widespread" and "systematic" killings, torture and persecution.

No evidence has been provided to support the claim.

With global condemnation so far seemingly ignored by the junta, the United States applied fresh pressure with sanctions against two adult children of coup leader General Min Aung Hlaing. The US, Britain and Canada have imposed sanctions on Myanmar's generals.

In the latest turmoil, women including nurses and teachers have taken to the streets and social media to protest, with some anxious that women's rights could be rolled back by the male-dominated junta, based on its previous record.

Over 60 protesters, including two members of the NLD, have been killed by the police and soldiers since the February 1 coup, while more than 2,000 people have been detained - or charged - by the regime. "I'm anxious about all the unarmed youth, they will be in trouble".

A witness said five of them were shot in the head.

"No-one will be in peace until this situation ends".

His mother told AFP: 'I recently learnt that his wife is two months pregnant.

The junta has previously said it is acting with utmost restraint in handling what it describes as demonstrations by "riotous protesters" whom it accuses of attacking police and harming national security and stability.

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Women including university students turned out in force in a 1988 uprising against the military - the protests that first brought Nobel laureate Suu Kyi to prominence.

He said a former Yangon Division chief minister had admitted to giving Aung San Suu Kyi 600,000 dollars and gold weighing around 11 kilograms from 2017 to 2018. "Now the anti-corruption committee is continuing the investigation".

The council encouraged the pursuit of "constructive dialogue and reconciliation in accordance with the will and interests of the people of Myanmar".

The military has justified its take over of the government by stating that the elections in November that Aung San Suu Kyi won by a landslide were fraudulent.

Independent global observers have disputed the military's claim - saying no irregularities were observed.

Ms Suu Kyi is being held in an undisclosed location and faces several charges, including causing "fear and alarm" and illegally importing walkie-talkies.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that more punitive actions could follow, warning, "We will not hesitate to take further action against those who instigate violence and suppress the will of the people". The value of the gold the military alleges she illegally accepted is roughly £450,000.

The bloodshed also came hours after the UN Security Council had called for restraint from the army, which has been trying to put down daily anti-coup protests and paralysing strikes.

Diplomats told AFP that the statement agreed by the Security Council "strongly condemns the use of violence against peaceful protesters", the second show of unity on Myanmar in just over a month for its 15 members, including China.

The council statement also addressed the military crackdown in 2017 against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State involving mass rape, murders and the torching of villages that led more than 700,000 Rohingya to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.

Suu Kyi fought for decades to overturn military rule under previous juntas before the start of tentative democratic reforms in 2011.

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