January 31, 2024 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada
The following is the text of a joint statement by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union and the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, marking three Years since the military coup in Myanmar:
“Three years ago, on February 1, 2021, the Myanmar military overthrew the democratically elected government, undoing a decade of progress.
“Under military rule, violence against civilians has increased and thousands of people have been imprisoned, tortured and killed. Airstrikes, bombings and arson have been used to destroy civilian infrastructure, including homes, schools, healthcare facilities and places of worship. Systematic discrimination against members of religious and ethnic groups, including the Rohingya, is widespread. Many are displaced and continue to face dire conditions, and others have been forced to flee across Myanmar’s borders. The military’s actions have fueled a growing humanitarian crisis with 2.6 million people displaced from their homes and more than 18 million people in need.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the military regime’s ongoing atrocities and human rights violations, such as sexual and gender-based violence, and the restriction of fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression, through peaceful protests and the media. communication. We reiterate our call on the Commander in Chief and the military to change course, immediately ceasing violence against civilians, releasing all unjustly detained political prisoners, allowing full humanitarian access, and creating space for inclusive dialogue with all parties interested.
“We strongly encourage the unified efforts of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to resolve the crisis. We commend the constructive efforts of the ASEAN Chairs and Special Envoys. We call on the military regime to implement the ASEAN Five-Point Consensus and engage meaningfully and positively with ASEAN representatives, so that Myanmar can transition to an inclusive democracy.
“We continue to support the full implementation of United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 2669 (2022) and underline our support for the activities of the UN Security Council to support ASEAN’s efforts to find a peaceful solution. to the crisis. We call on the United Nations to strengthen its efforts in Myanmar, including through the timely appointment of a Special Envoy and Resident Coordinator, and urge United Nations Member States to maintain their support to address urgent humanitarian needs in Myanmar.
“We call on all members of the international community to support efforts to pressure the Myanmar military to cease violence, to achieve genuinely inclusive dialogue, in order to establish a credible and peaceful democratic future for Myanmar; meet the urgent humanitarian needs of the people of Myanmar and refugees who have fled to neighboring countries, including their most vulnerable communities, and stop providing the Myanmar military with the weapons and equipment needed to commit atrocities.
“Three years after the military coup, we continue to stand in solidarity with the people of Myanmar and their desire for an inclusive and genuine democracy in Myanmar.”