Military Takeover in Myanmar :UN Secretary-General António Guterres, said the UN would work to mobilize the international community “to make sure that this coup fails
UNSC Condemns Military Takeover in Myanmar
New York (ABC Live India); The UN Security Council issued
a press statement on Thursday expressing “deep concern” over the military
takeover in Myanmar, calling for the immediate release of the country’s elected
leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and President Win Myint.
Security Council members
“emphasized the need for the continued support of the democratic
transition" inside the country, after a military junta was installed on
Monday ending five years of civilian rule, announcing that it was taking power
for the period of a year before fresh elections.
A day earlier, the Council was reportedly
unable to agree on the wording of a statement, after text under consideration
was blocked by permanent member China.
Release all detainees
Thursday’s statement calls for the “immediate
release of all those detained”, and stresses “the need to uphold democratic
institutions and processes, refrain from violence, and fully respect human
rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law.
On Wednesday, Ms. Suu Kyi was charged with
the illegal possession of walkie-talkies, which were allegedly imported
illegally, and remanded in custody. The military leadership has accused the
democratically elected government of failing to investigate voter fraud
allegations in recent elections that gave the governing National League for
Democracy, a large majority.
The 15-member body is encouraging “the
pursuance of dialogue and reconciliation in accordance with the will and
interests of the people of Myanmar.”
The statement also expresses concern at the
restrictions that have been put in place on civil society, journalists and
other media workers, as well as calling for humanitarian access to “all people
in need, including through the re-establishment of UN relief flights.”
Myanmar’s military rulers reportedly blocked
access to Facebook across the country on Thursday, for several days, which news
reports suggest is used by around half of Myanmar’s 54 million citizens, as a
primary source of information. The social media giant has issued a statement
urging the authorities to restore connectivity.
'Root causes' in Rakhine
The Council statement also reiterates the
need to address “the root causes of the crisis in Rakhine State”, which saw
hundreds of thousands of mainly-Muslim Rohigya flee for their lives following a
brutal military crackdown in 2017.
The statement calls on conditions to be
established for “the safe, voluntary, sustainable, and dignified return of
“The members of the Security Council
reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, political independence,
territorial integrity and unity of Myanmar”, the statement concluded.
Takeover ‘absolutely unacceptable’ - Guterres
In remarks on Wednesday during a discussion
hosted online by the Washington Post, UN Secretary-General António
Guterres, said the UN would work to mobilize the international community
“to make sure that this coup fails.”
“It is absolutely unacceptable after
elections — elections that I believe took place normally. And after a large
period of transition, it is absolutely unacceptable to reverse the result of
the elections and the will of the people”.
“I hope that democracy will be able to make
progress again in Myanmar”, said the UN chief. “But for that, all the prisoners
must be released, the constitutional order must be re-established, and I hope
that the international community will be able to come together.”