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U.N. Rights Investigator Calls for Tough Sanctions on Myanmar

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations human rights investigator on Myanmar said on Thursday the military there has murdered, beaten and unlawfully arrested protesters since its illegal Feb. 1 coup and he called for wide-ranging punitive sanctions.

Thomas Andrews urged the U.N. Security Council – which meets on Myanmar on Friday – to impose a global arms embargo and targeted economic sanctions on the junta and refer alleged atrocities to the International Criminal Court for prosecution.

States should impose sanctions on the Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise, now controlled by the military and its largest source of revenue, he said in a report to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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