UN commissioner: International community must help Myanmar 'before it's too late'

UN commissioner: International community must help Myanmar 'before it's too late'
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The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said the international community must help Myanmar out of the political turmoil it has faced since the military took control eight months ago.

"The national consequences are terrible and tragic – the regional consequences could also be profound," Michelle Bachelet said in a statement Thursday, Reuters reported

"The international community must redouble its efforts to restore democracy and prevent wider conflict before it is too late,” Bachelet added.

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The military junta and opposition fighting has continued to grow with a leader of the opposition saying in September there needed to be uprising “in every village, town and city in the entire country.”

More than 1,000 people have been killed since the military ended the country’s 10-year democratic rule with thousands more arrested. 

There have been "indiscriminate airstrikes and artillery barrages" used by the junta with military weapons also used against civilians, Bachelet said, according to Reuters. 

The international community has condemned the military takeover of the country with the U.S. sending $50 million in humanitarian aid to help Myanmar fight the coronavirus.

The military took over the country after they claimed, without evidence, the democratic elections were rigged. The group says it won’t hold new elections until 2023.