Rights envoy sounds alarm on rising hostilities in state, amid reports of military blocking aid supplies, ‘which may amount to war crime’

The UN’s human rights expert for Myanmar has raised alarm over a lethal escalation in hostilities in the country’s Kachin state, warning that civilians had been killed and displaced in recent government bombing.

Amid reports that the military in Myanmar had blocked relief supplies to people displaced by the fighting, Yanghee Lee, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in the country, cited accounts of the army using aerial bombings, heavy weapons and artillery fire in civilian areas near the border with China.

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