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U.N. Condemns Myanmar Military Over Coup

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U.N. Condemns Myanmar Military Over Coup

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on Friday rebuking the Myanmar military and demanding an end to its five-month-old coup.

“A system built on brutality and bloodshed will not survive. It’s not too late for the military to reverse the negative trajectory on the ground, exercise restraint, and respect the will of its own people. We must raise our voices for those who have been silenced, detained, injured or killed. We must be ardent advocates for the protection of all fundamental human rights, including the rights to freedom of expression, access to information and of peaceful assembly, which have been repeatedly infringed upon by the military-led authorities.” “Time is of the essence. The opportunity to reverse the military takeover is narrowing and regional threat increasing. Attempts to discredit democratically elected leaders and eliminate a party which has won sweeping majority in two consecutive general elections, silencing of free-made media and arrests of journalists, national and foreign, as well as the blocking of access to information fundamentally point a departure from democratic space. Any sustainable peace must be reflective of the will of the people. Any transition out of this crisis will present an opportunity to reshape Myanmar society free from ethnic divisions and a more inclusive constitutional and legal framework that places the military under civilian control.

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