The by-elections held on 1 April 2017 were another important step towards consolidating a democratic tradition in Myanmar. According to domestic and international observers, including European ones, voters were able to cast their ballots in a generally well-run and transparent process.
The European Union Representative and the EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah issue the following statement:
The EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah express serious concern at exit restrictions imposed by the de facto authorities for travels out of the Gaza Strip. In the January 2016 Council Conclusions the EU called all parties, state and non-state actors to guarantee unimpeded humanitarian access to Gaza, as foreseen by international humanitarian law, for national, local and international humanitarian organizations, including EU bodies and Member States.