The situation in Myanmar (formerly Burma) continues to worsen with
reports emerging of escalating attempts by the authorities to repress
There have been media reports of three people killed, two monks and one
civilian, widespread use of tear gas against demonstrators and hundreds
of arrests and beatings.
Reports are also emerging of growing defiance in the face of the
authorities as tens of thousands of Buddhist monks and pro-democracy
activists continue to take to the streets.
The mass demonstrations are the biggest the country has seen since 1998
when thousands were killed as security forces used deadly force against
massive pro-democracy demonstrations.
Violence and bloodshed
Amnesty International is deeply concerned at the growing possibility of violence and bloodshed in the country.
Amnesty International has called on the international community to act
urgently and for the UN Security Council to visit the country
immediately. In a letter to the President of the Security Council,
Amnesty International also called on them to consider the possibility
of imposing an arms embargo on Myanmar.
Demonstrations around the world
Amnesty International members around the world have begun a series of
demonstrations outside Burmese embassies and high profile public
locations calling for the Myanmar authorities not to respond with
violence and to respecting the human right to peaceful protest.
A demonstration was held in Washington last night (Tuesday) and further
demonstrations have been held in Switzerland and the Netherlands. This
will be followed by events in the UK tomorrow and later this week in
Nepal, Belgium, the Philippines and Spain. Further events will be