First anniversary of the military coup in Myanmar: joint statement – Myanmar
A joint statement by the High Representative, on behalf of the European Union, and the Foreign Ministers of Albania, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, of Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the military coup in Myanmar.
On February 1, 2021, the military seized power in Myanmar, denying the democratic aspirations of the Burmese people. A year later, the devastating impact on the people of Myanmar is clear. More than 14 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, the economy is in crisis, democratic gains have been rolled back and conflict is spreading across the country. The military regime bears the responsibility for this crisis, which has seriously undermined peace and stability in Myanmar and the region. We again call for an immediate cessation of violence and constructive dialogue between all parties to peacefully resolve the crisis. We reiterate our call on the military regime to immediately end the state of emergency, allow unhindered humanitarian access, release all those arbitrarily detained, including foreigners, and quickly return the country to the democratic process.
On the anniversary of the coup, we remember those who have lost their lives over the past year, including women, children, humanitarian workers, human rights defenders and peaceful protesters. We strongly condemn the human rights violations and abuses of the military regime throughout the country, including against the Rohingya and other ethnic and religious minorities. We express our deep concern over credible reports of torture and sexual and gender-based violence. We express our deep concern over the more than 400,000 additional people who have fled their homes since the coup. We also express our deep concern over the worsening humanitarian crisis across the country and urge the military regime to provide prompt, full and unhindered humanitarian access to vulnerable populations, including for vaccination purposes against COVID-19. 19. We express our deep concern over the large number of people arbitrarily detained and the sentencing of State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi and other political detainees.
We call on all members of the international community to support efforts to promote justice for the people of Myanmar; hold accountable those responsible for human rights violations and abuses; cease the sale and transfer of weapons, materials, dual-use equipment and technical assistance to the army and its representatives; and to continue to help the people of Myanmar meet urgent humanitarian needs.
We underscore our support for the ASEAN Five-Point Consensus and the efforts of the ASEAN Special Envoy to support a peaceful settlement for the benefit of the people of Myanmar. We call on the military regime to engage meaningfully in ASEAN’s efforts to pursue the full and urgent implementation of the Five-Point Consensus, which includes ensuring that the ASEAN Special Envoy has access to all parties in Myanmar, including pro-democracy groups. We also commend the work of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Myanmar and urge the military regime to engage constructively with her.