Washington, Mar 5 : United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called upon Myanmar’s security forces to ensure that there is no violence against children as media reports suggested that least five children have been killed in the country since protests erupted in the country since last month.
A statement by the body said, “UNICEF condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of force against children, including the use of live ammunition, and the arbitrary detention of children, and calls on security forces to immediately refrain from violence and to keep children and young people out of harm’s way.”
According to the children’s body, at least five children and multiple young adults have reportedly been killed, while at least four children have been severely wounded during the protests in the country.
The Myanmarese military overthrew the civilian government on February 1, 2021, having accused the ruling National League for Democracy party of being to party to election fraud. The military declared a year-long sate of emergency while detaining Myanmarese President Win Myint along with a number of other senior officials.