The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

UN envoy attacks own land

- ABUJA

MYANMAR’S ambassador to the United Nations has made an extraordin­ary emotional plea to the internatio­nal community for the “strongest possible action” against his own country and the military’s rule, as riot police violently clamped down on anticoup protests in the Southeast Asian country.

Since the February 1 toppling of civilian leader Aung

San Suu Kyi, Myanmar has seen a burst of demonstrat­ions demanding a return to democracy while outrage from abroad has mounted.

The nation’s UN envoy, Kyaw Moe Tun, made the extremely rare move of breaking with the rulers of his country during an address at the UN General Assembly. “We need ... the strongest possible action from the internatio­nal community to immediatel­y end the coup,” he said.

THE United Nations SecretaryG­eneral Antonio Guterres has called for the immediate release of more than 300 schoolgirl­s abducted by gunmen in Nigeria.

Security forces are hunting the 317 teenagers who were taken from the village of Jangebe’s Government Girls Secondary School in vehicles and forced to march on foot in the northwest, which has been overrun by armed groups that kill thousands of civilians each year.

“We are angered and saddened by yet another brutal attack on schoolchil­dren in Nigeria,” Peter Hawkins, UNICEF’s representa­tive in Nigeria, said of the attack in Zamfara state.

The country’s northern region has become increasing­ly lawless since an insurgency took root more than a decade ago.

Armed gangs that rob and kidnap for ransom have thrown its northweste­rn states into anarchy. President Buhari, 78, a former general, is facing anger over his inability to stem the crisis that has made the region too dangerous to farm, travel, or mine.

Amnesty Internatio­nal has documented “an alarming escalation in attacks and abductions” since January. Last week there was an overnight attack on a boys’ boarding school in the north. The 42 hostages, including 27 pupils, are still being held.

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