The United Nations human rights chief has warned that violence is intensifying across Myanmar, slamming the country's military government for being "singularly responsible" for a "human rights catastrophe".
In a statement published on June 11, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said multiple reports indicated that armed conflict was continuing, including in Kayah, Chin and Kachin states, with the violence particularly intense in areas with significant ethnic and religious minority groups.
"There appear to be no efforts towards de-escalation but rather a build-up of troops in key areas, contrary to the commitments the military made to ASEAN to cease the violence," said Bachelet, referring to the 10-member regional bloc.
"In just over four months, Myanmar has gone from being a fragile democracy to a human rights catastrophe," Bachelet added. "The military leadership is singularly responsible for this crisis, and must be held to account."