GENEVA, 22 Feb – RIA Novosti, Elizaveta Isakova. UN Secretary General António Guterres again called on the Myanmar military to stop repression and accept the will of the people, stressing that there is no place in the modern world for an armed seizure of power.
“Today, I call on the Myanmar military to end the repression immediately. Release the prisoners. End the violence. Respect the human rights and will of the people expressed in the last elections. There is no place in the modern world for an armed seizure of power,” he said, speaking Monday at the opening 46 th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
According to him, the actions of the military led to the undermining of democracy and repression in all its forms.
“Imposing restrictions on civil space. Attacks on civil society. Serious violations against minorities that do not entail any responsibility, including what is rightfully called the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people. This is all shaping up into a perfect storm of upheaval,” he stressed.
In this regard, the Secretary General welcomed the UN Human Rights Council resolution on Myanmar, adopted in mid-February, which calls for “the restoration of a democratically elected government.”
The military came to power in Myanmar on February 1, arresting leaders of the government and the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party. On the same day, the military authorities announced their commitment to a multi-party democratic system and promised to hold elections after the end of the state of emergency that they had imposed in the country for one year. They accused the country's electoral commission and the NLD of massive falsification of voter lists in the elections on November 8, 2020, which, according to the military, contributed to the overstatement of the results of the ruling party, which received an absolute majority of seats in parliament.
European media reported that following a meeting on February 22, EU foreign ministers may agree on the preparation of a sanctions list against the current authorities in Myanmar.