Five days have passed since the coup d’etat in Myanmar when the military seized control and detained State Councilor, Aung San Suu Kyi. Many world leaders have condemned the takeover, calling for the immediate release of the detained. On Thursday, the UN Security Council issued a statement voicing deep concern over the military takeover.
For more on this and other news around the world, we have Choi Jeong-Yoon.
Jeong-Yoon, give us the details. Mokyeon, in Thursday’s statement, the UN Security Council called for the immediate release of all those detained, including the de facto civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
They also pledged to continue supporting Myanmar’s democratic transition.
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“They stressed the need to uphold democratic institutions and processes, refrain from violence, and fully respect human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law.” The 15-member body also condemned restrictions put on civil society and the media. This comes as Myanmar’s military blocked access to Facebook across the country, which had been used by citizens to co-ordinate opposition to the coup. However, the council stopped short of directly condemning the military takeover.
The initial text drafted by Britain condemned the coup, but that language was reported to have been softened with no direct reference to a coup. The move was to win support from veto-holding members China and Russia, who have traditionally shielded Myanmar from any significant council action