Senior Buddhist Monks Urge Military Junta to End Violence in Myanmar
The most senior Buddhist monks in Myanmar have called on the country’s military to halt its increasingly violent crackdown on civilian pro-democracy demonstrators protesting last month’s coup. The State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee (Ma Ha Na), a government-appointed body that oversees Myanmar’s Buddhist monastic community, has drafted a statement decrying an “armed minority” for killing and torturing innocent civilians. **
**In a series of social media posts today, the Myanmar Now news agency reported that the Ma Ha Na had issued a draft five-point statement that called on the military junta to end “the violent arrest, torture, and killing of unarmed civilians by the armed minority and to prevent the looting and destruction of public property.” (Myanmar Now Twitter) **
According to the independent Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, since the coup began last month, at least 202 people have been killed as of 16 March.