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UK News UK calls for UN Security Council meeting on Myanmar following deadly crackdown

01:31  03 march  2021
01:31  03 march  2021 Source:   france24.com

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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. | 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 Rohingya 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 displaced

The UK and EU want the UN human rights council to “strongly deplore” the military coup in Myanmar and urgently demand access for monitors when the body meets for a special session on Friday. The resolution calls for the UN investigator on human rights in Myanmar , Thomas Andrews, to be granted urgent and unrestricted access to the country, according to Reuters. Andrews said in a statement on Wednesday that security forces and police had a duty to refrain from using excessive force against peaceful demonstrators and that “ following orders is no defence for committing atrocities”.

Britain has requested a new United Nations Security Council meeting on coup-hit Myanmar for Friday, diplomatic sources told AFP on Tuesday, as security forces have stepped up their use of violence against demonstrators in the Southeast Asian nation.

  UK calls for UN Security Council meeting on Myanmar following deadly crackdown © Stephane LEMOUTON POOL/AFP/File

The meeting would be behind closed doors at 1500 GMT, according to London's proposal, the same sources said, as were the Council's discussions a day after the military's February 1 ouster of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The Security Council subsequently voiced "deep concern" over the coup, and called in a draft statement for the "release of all detainees" including Suu Kyi.

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The United Nations Security Council met on Tuesday but failed to agree on a joint statement after China did not support it. China has the power of veto as one of five permanent members of the council . Ahead of the talks, the UN 's Special Envoy on Myanmar , Christine Schraner, strongly condemned In further criticism, the Group of Seven major economic powers said it was "deeply concerned" and called for the return of democracy. "We call upon the military to immediately end the state of emergency, restore power to the democratically-elected government, to release all those unjustly detained and to

And abroad? UN Secretary-General António Guterres called the army's move a "serious blow to democratic reforms", as the security council prepared for an emergency meeting . The UN demanded the release of what it said were at least 45 people who had been detained. Ms Suu Kyi's defence of the military over the widely condemned crackdown lost her much of her international support. Are you in Myanmar ? What have you seen of the coup? Only if it is safe to do so, please share your experiences by emailing haveyoursay@bbc.co. uk .

On Monday, China's diplomatic mission to the UN, traditionally reluctant for the Security Council to discuss Myanmar told AFP that there was a "general agreement among Council members... that there will be a meeting on Myanmar soon."

Myanmar security forces fired live rounds and tear gas at protesters again on Tuesday, leaving at least three people critically injured as regional powers rebuked the junta over its deadly crackdown.

The country has seen weeks of mass protests demanding Suu Kyi's release, with security forces imposing a steadily more violent crackdown on dissent.

Sunday was the bloodiest day since the military takeover, with the United Nations saying at least 18 protesters were killed across the country. AFP independently confirmed 11 deaths.

(AFP)

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