Statement of the “Förderverein Myanmar e.V.” on the current situation in Myanmar

That was 2015 after the election: explanation of election results for tourists. The National League for Democracy (NLD) at the top                                                                                                              Foto: Förderverein Myanmar e.V.

Myanmar’s military staged a coup against the democratically elected government under Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1. Due to these worrying events, the board of the Förderverein Myanmar continues to advocate for the development towards a democratic system. We express our great concern about the crackdown on free expression and hope that the peaceful protests of the citizens of Myanmar will be accepted and that the military and police will refrain from using live ammunition against the citizens of the country.

We would like to refer to the statement of the G7 Foreign Ministers on the situation in Myanmar and endorse their comments and demands.

Statement from the Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the US and the High Representative of the European Union:

We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union firmly condemn violence committed by Myanmar’s security forces against peaceful protests. We offer condolences for the loss of life. The military and the police must exercise utmost restraint and respect human rights and international law. Use of live ammunition against unarmed people is unacceptable. Anyone responding to peaceful protests with violence must be held to account. 

We condemn the intimidation and oppression of those opposing the coup. We raise our concern at the crackdown on freedom of expression, including through the internet blackout and draconian changes to the law that repress free speech. The systematic targeting of protesters, doctors, civil society and journalists must stop and the state of emergency must be revoked. We continue to call for full humanitarian access to support the most vulnerable.

We remain united in condemning the coup in Myanmar. We call again for the immediate and unconditional release of those detained arbitrarily, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint and continue to stand with the people of Myanmar in their quest for democracy and freedom.