The Burmese ambassador in London accused a military figure on Wednesday of “occupying” his embassy. Stationed outside his representation, diplomat Kyaw Zwar Minn accuses the military attaché of “not letting him in”.
“They said they had received instruction from the capital,” he said. “They can’t do this. The British government will not allow it. ”
Unappreciated support for Aung San Suu Kyi
The junta recalled the ambassador last month after he issued a statement in support of the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi, ousted on February 1 by the military. “Diplomacy is the only way out and the only answer to the current deadlock,” Kyaw Zwar Minn said in a message tweeted by British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab.
A protest demonstration against the military coup took place at the end of the day in front of the embassy.
The UK has already sanctioned several junta officials, including army commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing, for their role in the military coup, as well as military-linked conglomerates.
Fallen MPs compile dossier on human rights violations
Earlier Wednesday, a resistance group dubbed CRPH (Committee to Represent Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, the Burmese Legislative Body) claimed to have received “180,000 items (…) showing widespread human rights violations by the military” , including extrajudicial executions, torture, illegal detentions.
The elements will be transmitted to the Independent Mechanism of Investigation on Burma (IIMM) of the United Nations, added the CRPH which brings together deputies ousted from the National League for Democracy (LND) of Aung San Suu Kyi, entered in the underground.
A lawyer, Robert Volterra, said he met on Wednesday on behalf of the CRPH with United Nations investigators to discuss the atrocities of which the soldiers are accused. He said that this meeting marked “the beginning of a dialogue” and that several others were scheduled “for the next few days”.
Nearly 600 civilians have been killed since the February 1 coup, according to the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners (AAPP). The toll could be heavier: around 2,700 people were arrested. Many, without access to relatives or to a lawyer, are missing.