The defense ministers of 12 countries including Britain, Japan, Australia and the United States on Sunday censured Myanmar's deadly crackdown on anti-coup demonstrators, a day after security forces killed 114 people across the country.
“A professional military follows international standards for conduct and is responsible for protecting — not harming — the people it serves,” the ministers said in a joint statement.
“We urge the Myanmar Armed Forces to cease violence and work to restore respect and credibility with the people of Myanmar that it has lost through its actions.”
The other countries that backed the statement were Australia, Canada, Germany, Greece, Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands, and New Zealand.
The Saturday bloodbath, which was described by a United Nations investigator as “mass murder,” took place on the same day that Myanmar’s military was celebrating its annual Armed Forces Day, with the security personnel staging a parade of troops and military vehicles and junta leader General Min Aung Hlaing delivering a speech.