Myanmar: Protester shot by police dies from injuries
Responding to news of the death of Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing, a 20-year-old woman who was shot in the head by Myanmar police during protests in Nay Pyi Daw on 9 February, Joanne Mariner, Amnesty International's Director of Crisis Response, said:
"This is the devastating consequence of the security forces' reckless use of lethal weapons against peaceful protesters.
"Instead of issuing blanket denials, the Myanmar military authorities should launch a prompt, thorough, independent and impartial investigation into her killing and other reports of unnecessary and excessive use of force by the security forces.
"As protests continue to grow, Myanmar security forces must cease carrying and using lethal weapons and must respect people’s right to peacefully express their grievances.
“It is only a matter of time before the same brutal and abusive policing leads to more death and sorrow."
Deadly crackdown on protests
The family of Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing confirmed her death earlier today.
On 11 February, Amnesty’s Crisis Evidence experts analysed social media footage of the protests on 9 February, confirming that she was shot by police, as well as identifying a model of Myanmar-made sub-machine gun carried by the police at the protest. Authorities deny that any lethal weapons were present.
The UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials state that security forces must exhaust all non-violent means before employing force as the last resort.