UN Condemns Killing of WHO Staff in Myanmar

The United Nations (UN) denounced the assassination of a World Health Organization (WHO) employee in southeastern Myanmar on Thursday.

Myo Min Htut, a driver for the World Health Organization for over five years, was shot and killed while riding his motorcycle in Mawlamyine, Myanmar’s southeastern metropolis, on Wednesday evening.

In a statement released on the UN’s website, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar, Ramanathan Balakrishnan, urged all parties and stakeholders to maintain the UN’s and humanitarian’s neutrality and to defend civilians’ rights and safety.

“The United Nations expects an impartial investigation into the incident and the perpetrators to be held accountable,” Balakrishnan said. 

Balakrishnan assured that during these difficult times, against significant odds, “the UN continues to stay and deliver essential humanitarian and development support for the people of Myanmar”.

In a tweet, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s director-general, also condemned the killing. 

“We condemn all forms of violence, & expect an impartial investigation & the perpetrators to be held accountable,” Ghebreyesus said. 

A WHO employee was slain in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state in April 2020 while driving a truck transporting COVID-19 samples.

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