The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the violence against peaceful protesters in Myanmar and has expressed “deep concern” about restrictions on medical staff Civil society, unions and journalists as anti-military takeover demonstrations continue across the Southeast Asian nation last month

In a presidential statement made on Wednesday by the representative of the United States, President of the Council for March, the 15-member panel reiterated its call for the immediate release of all those arbitrarily detained

“The Security Council expresses its continued support for the democratic transition in Myanmar and stresses the need to maintain democratic institutions and processes, to refrain from violence, to fully respect human rights and fundamental freedoms and to uphold the rule of law,” reads the Read explanation

“It promotes the pursuit of constructive dialogue and reconciliation in line with the will and interests of the people of Myanmar,” the statement added

The Council also called on the Myanmar military to “exercise extreme restraint” and stressed that it is closely monitoring the situation

In the statement, the Security Council expressed its strong support for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its willingness to assist Myanmar in positive, peaceful and constructive ways

The Council commended the continued efforts of the regional bloc to work with all relevant parties in Myanmar and welcomed its recent meeting and statements, in which “the aims and principles of the ASEAN Charter, in particular the principle of democracy and respect for the rule of law , were reminded of good governance, protection of human rights and respect for fundamental freedoms “

The Security Council also reiterated its support for the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Myanmar for their good offices and encouraged them to “maintain communication and engage closely with all relevant parties in the country” and “visit Myanmar as soon as possible”

The 15-member council also called for safe and unhindered humanitarian access to all people in need, stressing that the current situation in Rakhine and other regions “has the potential to exacerbate existing challenges”

According to the United Nations, regardless of the political turmoil across Myanmar, around a million people are in need of support and protection. However, humanitarian officials said the response efforts have been hampered by a difficult operating environment, disruptions in communications, transportation and supply chains, and a lack of money restricted

The Security Council also raised concerns that recent developments pose “particularly serious challenges” to the voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees and internally displaced persons

A statement by the President is a statement by the President of the Security Council on behalf of the Council The statements will be adopted at a formal meeting and issued as an official document of the main UN body on international peace and security

The current statement was made in connection with the Council’s examination of the point “The situation in Myanmar”

Earlier statements by the president about the country include one released in November 2017 calling on the government to end the excessive military and inter-municipal violence that devastated the Rohingya community in Rakhine state

The United Nations independent human rights expert on Myanmar has called on the Security Council to take “decisive and unified action” against the military junta, including targeted sanctions and an arms embargo

UN Secretary General António Guterres has condemned the lethal use of force against peaceful protesters in Myanmar, where demonstrations against the military takeover of government have increased


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