India has expressed concern at the loss of lives in protests in several cities of Myanmar against last month’s military takeover and called for all stakeholders to exercise restraint while settling issues through dialogue.
At least 18 people were killed and 30 more injured when Myanmar police fired on protesters across the country on Sunday, the UN human rights office said, citing credible information it had received. It said the use of lethal force against non-violent demonstrators is “never justifiable” under international human rights norms.
“Embassy of India is deeply saddened by loss of lives in Yangon and other cities of Myanmar [on Sunday]. We express our heartfelt condolences to families and loved ones of those deceased,” the Indian embassy in Yangon said on Twitter.
“We would urge all to exercise restraint and resolve issues through dialogue in a peaceful manner,” it added.
The deaths on Sunday marked the bloodiest day in weeks of protests against the February 1 military coup. The deaths occurred as a result of live ammunition fired into crowds in Yangon, Dawei, Mandalay, Myeik, Bago and Pokokku, UN human rights office spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani said.
Since the beginning of the coup, police and security forces have targeted an “ever-increasing number of opposition voices and demonstrators by arresting political officials, activists, civil society members, journalists and medical professionals”, Shamdasani said.
On Sunday, police detained at least 85 medical professionals and students and seven journalists who were at demonstrations.