The European Parliament condemns the coup in Myanmar


The EP gives a clear signal by approving by a large majority a tough resolution against the military coup


In a resolution on the situation in Myanmar, MPs strongly condemn the February 1 military coup and call on the military (Tatmadaw) to immediately restore civilian rule, end the state of emergency, and unconditionally release all persons illegally arrested, including Aung San Suu Kyi. The outcome of the November 8th 2020 general election must be respected and power returned to the elected civilian authorities.

According to the MPs, "despite her failure to adequately condemn human rights violations against minorities in Myanmar/Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi continues to be the symbol of the people of Myanmar/Burma's democratic aspirations and ambitions for a more just and democratic future."

Furthermore, to ensure the recognition and representation of all ethnic groups in Myanmar, including the Rohingya, the new constitution must be drafted and implemented through a free and fair process.

MEPs welcome the extension of the 2018 sanctions against military personnel and officials of the Tatmadaw, border guard and police responsible for serious human rights violations against the Rohingya, and urge the Council to extend the targeted sanctions to the entire leadership of the Myanmar/Burma Army, including all those who took part in the coup.

Finally, the EP calls on the EU and member states to promote international coordination in order to prevent the illegal export of unauthorized goods from Myanmar/Burma, especially for the economic benefit of the military.

The text was approved with 667 votes in favor, 1 against and 27 abstentions.

Source: European Parliament

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