Once again, the UN Security Council unanimously denounced the riots in Myanmar. The representatives of China tried to moderate the tone. The politician Aung San Suu Kyi appeared again in court.
The UN Security Council has unanimously condemned the use of force against peaceful demonstrators in Myanmar. In their statement on Thursday, councilors denounced the “deaths of hundreds of civilians, including women and children.” They expressed deep concern about the “rapidly deteriorating situation” in the Southeast Asian country.
The UN Security Council in New York had been discussing the latest violence against protesters in Myanmar since Wednesday at the request of Great Britain. According to the UN, at least 107 people were killed across the country on Saturday, including seven children. It was the bloodiest day of protests against military rule in Myanmar since early February.
The Security Council fought for a long time about the joint declaration. The previous versions of the text submitted by Great Britain contained indirect threats of sanctions against the military junta. According to diplomats, this was rejected by China. Beijing also enforced that there was no talk of the “killing” but of the “death” of hundreds of civilians.
It is still a “very important signal” that the Security Council speaks with one voice, said a UN ambassador. It is the third unanimous statement by the UN body on what has happened in Myanmar since the military coup in the Southeast Asian country in early February.
Junta with new allegations against Aung San Suu Kyi
Two months after the military coup in Myanmar, the disempowered de facto head of government Aung San Suu Kyi appeared again in court on Thursday. “She was smart and charming as always,” said her lawyer, Khin Maung Zaw, on Thursday.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate faces a number of criminal charges, including possession of radio equipment without the required authorization, violation of corona regulations, incitement to public riot and acceptance of bribe payments. Another was added to the allegations on Thursday: According to her lawyer, Suu Kyi is accused of breaking a colonial law on official secrets.
At least two people were killed in renewed protests against the military junta. The Red Cross complained that its employees had been the target of attacks by the security forces. The UN special envoy warned of civil war in the country.