UN criticized over peacekeeping invite to Myanmar

UN criticized for inviting Myanmar military to consider peacekeeping

UN criticized over peacekeeping invite to Myanmar

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Human Rights Watch is criticizing the United Nations for raising the possibility of Myanmar contributing U.N. peacekeepers, saying the nation's military remains among the most abusive in the world.

The New York-based group voiced its concerns in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that it made public Thursday.

Ban's special adviser on Myanmar, Vijay Nambiar, raised the issue when he met Myanmar commander-in-chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing in late January.

A U.N. spokesman, Nick Birnback, said Nambiar told the military chief that like any U.N. member state, Myanmar could discuss its interest in peacekeeping with the world body.

Myanmar's U.N. mission did not immediately comment.

Human Rights Watch said despite Myanmar's democratic opening, its military remains unreformed and continues to use child soldiers.

Updated : 2021-03-05 03:39 GMT+08:00