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Ending violence in Myanmar.. Action in the Security Council against the coup authorities

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Ending violence in Myanmar.. Action in the Security Council against the coup authorities

In a vote from which 3 countries abstained, the UN Security Council called on the Myanmar authorities to quickly end the violence in the country.

The council called on the military leaders of the Southeast Asian country to release “arbitrarily detained prisoners”, stop attacks on civilians and respect human rights.

A resolution adopted by the UN Security Council and 12 member states voted in favour, while Russia, India and China abstained.

Myanmar’s former de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, was overthrown in a military coup in February 2021 and has since faced a slew of convictions on charges including corruption, election fraud and violations of the Official Secrets Act.

Since last June, Suu Kyi, 77, has been in solitary confinement in a prison in the capital, Naypyidaw, after being placed under house arrest in the wake of the military coup.

Myanmar’s military leadership is widely accused of organizing show trials aimed at discrediting former civilian leaders like Suu Kyi and strengthening the junta’s position.

And in 2017, a military offensive began in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, mainly targeting the Muslim Rohingya minority.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled, as the United Nations describes their persecution as genocide.

As early as 1983, the Rohingya lost their citizenship due to a law passed by Myanmar’s military junta.

On Wednesday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees called for the rapid rescue of a group of Rohingya refugees who have been languishing for weeks on unseaworthy boats in the Indian Ocean.

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