UN chief connects to Asian leaders to require collective action

Repeating his concern over the scenario in Myanmar UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has been connecting to regional leaders in Asia to call for cumulative and bilateral action to develop conditions for the current military coup in the nation to be reversed, the UN chief’s representative has said.Myanmar’s military last week toppled the federal government and took power for one year, apprehending top political figures, including de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi

The military accused Suu Kyi’s government of not investigating allegations of voter fraud in recent elections. Suu Kyi’s party swept that vote and the military-backed party did poorly. The state election commission has refuted the accusations.

“The Secretary-General continues to follow the scenario in Myanmar closely and with severe concern. He and his Unique Envoy have been connecting to crucial global stars, consisting of local leaders, in calling for cumulative and bilateral action to develop conditions for the recent coup in Myanmar to be reversed,” Spokesman for the Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric said at the day-to-day press briefing on Monday.Dujarric stated the UN invites the fact that there are discussions for a Human Rights Council unique session to happen soon, which will assist to keep the momentum following the Security Council’s discussion on the circumstance previously this month.Dujarric said the Secretary-General and his Unique Envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener will continue to mobilise the global neighborhood, consisting of through engaging members of the Security Council to perform calls for a go back to democracy, pursuance of discussion and reconciliation in accordance with the will and interests of the people of Myanmar, and for the instant release of those detained.”We remain in close contact with nationwide actors, consisting of civil society organisations whose security is paramount. We are worried at the limitations on civil society, journalists and media workers,” Dujarric said.The 15-nation Security Council, the most powerful organ of the world organisation, had actually provided a press statement on Thursday on the situation in Myanmar, three days after the military seized power in the Southeast Asian nation.The Council members revealed “deep concern” at the declaration of the state of emergency situation enforced in Myanmar by the military on February 1 and the approximate detention of members of the federal government, consisting of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint and others. “They required the instant release of all those apprehended.”Recently, in a first contact in between the UN and Myanmar military since generals seized power in a bloodless coup, Burgener consulted with the country’s Deputy Commander-in-Chief Vice-General Soe Win and expressed “strong condemnation” of their action and called for the instant release of all detained leaders.Dujarric stated the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy remains ready to go to under acceptable conditions to assist relax the situation.As the military in Myanmar enforced curfew on Monday in various different areas, and banned events of more than five individuals, Dujarric described these procedures as “worrying”.”Steps that restrict individuals’s capability to speak up, to demonstrate freely are worrying,” he said, adding that the UN has actually seen reports of rolling blackouts of Internet networks, which “undermine core democratic principles.”

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