Human rights group: More than 2,000 killed by Myanmar military

A human rights group in Myanmar says more than 2,000 people have been killed in the military crackdown since the coup in February 2021.

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners said a total of 2,007 people had died from the oppression as of Wednesday.

Myanmar's military seized power in a coup on February 1 last year and detained pro-democracy leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi.

It has since continued to violently crack down on citizens protesting the coup, shooting and beating them.

The human rights group says many deaths are being reported in the Sagaing region in the northwest, where fighting continues between the military and pro-democracy forces.

It says the military is using heavy firearms to attack villages and is torturing residents. The group says that on June 6, the military attacked residents who were taking shelter in a Buddhist facility and killed 11 people. It says soldiers shot some people in the back.

The US embassy in Myanmar mourned the deaths of the more than 2,000 civilians on Twitter on Wednesday. It said, "The military's nationwide, inhumane atrocities committed against the people of Burma underscore the urgency of holding its members accountable."

The number of civilian deaths in the military crackdown continues to rise despite international appeals for an end to the violence.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has been trying to mediate between the junta and pro-democracy forces by sending a special envoy to Myanmar.