UN fears Myanmar heading into ‘full-blown’ Syria-type conflict

15th Apr, 2021

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Protesters in Mandalay take part in a demonstration against the military coup during the Myanmar new year festival of Thingyan. Photo: AFP

The United Nations rights chief warned on Tuesday of possible crimes against humanity in Myanmar and said it seemed to be heading towards a massive conflict like the one ravaging Syria. In a statement, the UN rights office urged countries to take immediate and decisive action to push the military leaders behind a February 1 coup in Myanmar to stop their “campaign of repression and slaughter of its people”.

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