Hundreds of people gather in Sydney in solidarity with Myanmar protesters

Daniel Fowler
March 7, 2021

"The repression must stop", Christine Schraner Burgener told the closed-door meeting, according to a copy of her remarks shared with reporters.

The UK has called for a UN Security Council meeting on Friday.

She said that she is receiving some 2,000 messages a day from Myanmar urging worldwide action.

The escalation of violence has put pressure on the world community to act to restrain the junta, which seized power on February 1 by ousting the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

In fact, these armed Myanmar soldiers and police are even using social media such as TikTok to threaten protesters in the country.

On Thursday, police broke up rallies with tear gas and gunfire in several cities, but the crackdown was more restrained than on Wednesday, when the United Nations said 38 people were killed in the bloodiest day of protests.

"There is an urgency for collective action".

"We must denounce the actions by the military", she said.

New measures are also being taken to stop United Kingdom businesses working with Myanmar's military.

Medical personnel and students stand before the portraits of Myanmar armed forces chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing placed on a street during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on March 5, 2021. Officials have told her the time is not right.

Myanmar activists are calling for the release of Suu Kyi, 75, who was detained on the morning of the coup, and recognition of her 8 November election victory.

In the talks, Motegi said Japan appreciates and welcomes the efforts of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to communicate with Myanmar, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

China says "patriotism" in Hong Kong means loving the party EJINSIGHT
Hong Kong's lack of full democracy has been a regular source of political instability and public anger in the territory. The detentions have been fiercely criticised by governments in the West, including in Britain and the United States.

The Security Council took no immediate action.

But diplomats said the Security Council was unlikely to approve any global measures against the junta, and the session ended without any statement.

Myanmar's patron, China, explained its position.

Hai Do wrote this report with material from Reuters and the Associated Press. "I urge the members of the Council to consider the unrelenting brutality that we are witnessing in Myanmar", said Andrews.

"We expressed ASEAN's readiness to assist Myanmar in a positive, peaceful and constructive manner", the ASEAN chair, Brunei, said in a statement.

So far, the calls have had no impact on the ground. Security forces escalated their crackdown with greater use of lethal force and mass arrests.

"I urge the council to take decisive and unified action against the military junta, including targeted sanctions, an arms embargo and a referral to the International Criminal Court to investigate and prosecute atrocities committed since the February 1 coup and those committed against ethnic groups in years prior", Andrews said.

States should impose sanctions on the Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise, now controlled by the military and its largest source of revenue, he said in a report.

An official from Ms Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) was also stabbed to death along with his 17-year-old nephew in an apparent mob attack in the central Magwe region, local media reported. "And, that justice, dignity and human rights will finally prevail for all".

"No country should be selling a single bullet to the junta after its abuses against Myanmar's people", said Louis Charbonneau, U.N. director at Human Rights Watch.

A clash over who represents Myanmar at the United Nations in NY was averted - for now - after the junta's replacement quit and the Myanmar UN mission confirmed that Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun remained in the job.

People in Myanmar are risking their lives in anti-coup protests every day and the worldwide community needs to step up and play their part, Burma Campaign UK's Anna Roberts has said.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article