China and Russia both have ties to Myanmar's armed forces, as the first and second largest suppliers of weapons to the country, respectively.
Myanmar security forces killed 82 people in a town near Yangon on Friday during a protest against the Feb. 1 military coup, according to local news sources.
United Nations Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews says the situation in Myanmar is dire and getting worse. He also says he hopes it does not become a civil war because it would lead to many more deaths.
Thein Htwe Htwe of Curtin University says it seems like protesters in Myanmar want to arm themselves and fight back against the military after weeks of peaceful protests.
Compared with the strong condemnations and sanctions by the west, China's response to the Feb. 1 Myanmar coup has been far more cautious.
Sanctions appear to inhibit Myanmar junta little as violence increases
Sanctions on Myanmar's military need to be tougher as the regime escalates violence on the ground, said Dr. Sasa, a special envoy to the United Nations.
Thailand denies forcing fleeing villagers back to Myanmar amid rise in refugees fleeing airstrikes
Dr. Sasa, Myanmar's special envoy to the United Nations, says international, coordinated sanctions are needed "immediately" in the country as the military escalates violence.
Myanmar's recent coup d'état by the military junta has generated several domestic and international ripples, including the deposing of de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi. As civilian-led protests break out, economic sanctions by democratic nations are posed to be meted out against Myanmar. CNBC's Nessa Anwar discusses the case for, and against sanctions.
The country saw one of its deadliest day of violence over the weekend, with over 100 people killed and at least seven children killed on Saturday.
The Treasury Department has issued new sanctions targeting holding companies that financially support the Myanmar military.
An activist group says at least 2,000 people have been arrested in the military crackdown on the protests against the Feb. 1 coup.
Pressure on the military junta to halt its repression of democracy supporters has increased, with Asian neighbors joining Western countries in condemning lethal force.
"Targeted sanctions are useful ... that is why we keep asking the international community to impose targeted sanctions on military regime," said Kyaw Moe Tun.
Supporters of detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi took to the streets again despite the killing of dozens of protesters on Sunday.
Arson attacks on Sunday provoked China's strongest comments yet on the turmoil gripping its Southeast Asian neighbor.
At least five protesters were killed by security forces in Myanmar, witnesses and media have reported.
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"They are killing people just like killing birds and chickens," one protest leader said.