Delegation of the European Union to Israel

Myanmar: Statement by the Spokesperson on continued human rights violations by the military

Brussels, 03/03/2021 - 16:30, UNIQUE ID: 210303_30
Statements by the Spokesperson

The European Union condemns the continued violent repression of peaceful protesters by the Myanmar military and security forces, which has resulted in yet more deaths of innocent civilians today. Unarmed civilians and medical workers have been shot, constituting clear breaches of international law. Hundreds of people have been arrested. The military has in parallel been increasing its crackdown on the media in Myanmar, with a growing number of journalists having been arbitrarily arrested, detained, and charged. The persecution and intimidation of media workers, who are simply doing their jobs, is unacceptable. Such attempts to silence the media and eradicate freedom of expression will not prevent the world from witnessing the actions of the Myanmar military and the bravery of the Myanmar people, nor will they give any legitimacy to the coup. There must be accountability and a return to democracy in Myanmar.