UN Calls for Restoration of Democracy in Myanmar, End to Violence


The UN Security Council on Friday again demanded the restoration of democracy in Myanmar and the release of all detainees including elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as it threw its weight behind calls by Southeast Asian nations for an immediate end to violence and talks to resolve the political crisis resulting from the generals’ February 1 coup.

Security Council members “reiterated their deep concern at the situation in Myanmar following the declaration of the state of emergency imposed by the military on February 1 and reiterated their support for Myanmar’s democratic transition.”

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, an advocacy group that has been tracking arrests and deaths since the coup, said security forces have killed at least 759 protesters while more than 4,500 people have been detained for opposing the coup. Some 3,485 people remain in custody, according to the AAPP.

Civil society groups said the Security Council needs to agree on a more robust response.

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