UN Chief strongly condemns detention of political leaders, switch of powers to navy in Myanmar

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UN Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres

The highest United Nations management has strongly condemned the detention of Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Win Myint and different political leaders, as UN Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres voiced concern over the switch of powers to the navy, calling it a critical blow to democratic reforms within the nation.

“The Secretary-Common strongly condemns the detention of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Win Myint and different political leaders on the eve of the opening session of Myanmar’s new Parliament,” a press release issued by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-Common, stated on Sunday.

Guterres expressed his grave concern concerning the declaration of the switch of all legislative, government and judicial powers to the navy and stated these developments signify a critical blow to democratic reforms in Myanmar.

Based on media reviews, an announcer on Myanmar’s military-owned Myawaddy TV declared on Monday morning that the navy had taken management of the nation for one yr.

Myanmar’s chief Suu Kyi and different senior figures from the ruling celebration have been detained in an early morning raid, the spokesman for the governing Nationwide League for Democracy (NLD) was quoted as saying within the media.

Guterres underscored that the November eight, 2020 common elections present a powerful mandate to the NLD, reflecting the “clear will” of the individuals of Myanmar to proceed on the hard-won path of democratic reform.

The brand new parliament was scheduled to convene on Monday.

The Secretary-Common urged the navy management to respect the desire of the individuals of Myanmar and cling to democratic norms, with any variations to be resolved by means of peaceable dialogue.

“All leaders should act within the higher curiosity of Myanmar’s democratic reform, participating in significant dialogue, refraining from violence and totally respecting human rights and basic freedoms,” he stated.

Guterres reaffirmed the “unwavering” help of the United Nations to the individuals of Myanmar of their pursuit of democracy, peace, human rights and the rule of regulation.

President of the UN Common Meeting Volkan Bozkir stated in a tweet that he’s deeply involved about developments in Myanmar and known as for the rapid launch of detained political leaders.

“Makes an attempt to undermine #democracy & rule of regulation are unacceptable. Navy leaders should adhere to democratic norms and respect public establishments & civilian authority,” he stated.

Final week, Dujarric had stated that the UN Secretary-Common was following with “nice concern” current developments in Myanmar and Guterres had urged all actors to “desist from any type of incitement or provocation, display management, and to stick to democratic norms” and respect the end result of the November common election.

“All electoral disputes ought to be resolved by means of established authorized mechanisms,” the UN chief had stated.

Tensions have been rising following the outcomes of the November 2020 common election, by which San Suu Kyi-led NLD claimed an awesome victory.

Nonetheless, different political events disputed the outcomes, alleging the polls had been marred by irregularities. 

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