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Hundreds of children killed and detained since the military coup in Myanmar

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Dozens of children have been killed and hundreds more detained arbitrarily since the Myanmar coup, UN child rights experts said today (Friday).

According to News i, quoting Reuters, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said it had received credible information that 75 children had been killed in the country since the February coup this year and that about 1,000 others had been detained by the junta.

The committee’s chairman, Mikiko Otani, said Myanmar children were at risk of being killed in a military coup.

Myanmar faced a military coup on February 1, which resulted in the de facto arrest and imprisonment of Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s de facto leader, along with the president and a number of Myanmar politicians.

The head of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child continued by saying that children face violence, shootings and arbitrary arrests in Myanmar. They are shot.

The committee of 18 independent experts oversees the investigation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Myanmar signed in 1991.

Experts say they strongly condemn the killing of children by junta and Myanmar police, noting that some of the victims were shot and killed in their homes.

The experts also condemned the widespread and arbitrary detention of children at police stations, prisons and military detention centers, and pointed to military officials who wanted to trap children who could not be detained by their children.

The experts also warned of a lack of access to safe drinking water and food for children in rural areas.

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