Since the 2020 elections in Myanmar, the situation has become progressively worse
The November 2020 elections, far from perfect as they did not include or allow swathes of the population to vote, were strangely a significant milestone on Myanmar’s path from military dictatorship to democracy.
The UK Government expressed its willingness to work with the newly elected government that was due to begin its second term on 1 February. Unfortuntely the military seized power in Myanmar shortly after and detained members of the Government, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint.
Today the Foreign Secretary condemned the situation saying:
“The charges against Aung San Suu Kyi are politically motivated, and the latest example of the Myanmar military undermining democratically elected politicians. Aung San Suu Kyi and all other elected politicians arbitrarily held must be released immediately.
The UK and likeminded nations will not ignore these violations. We will ensure those responsible are held to account.”
Leading up to this the Minister for Asia, Nigel Adams had summond the Myanma Ambassador to the United Kingdom to the Foreign Office to condemn the coup and detention of civilians. This message was reinforced by a joint statement of the Foreign Ministers of the G7.
The UK has also already imposed sanctions on a number of individuals responsible for human rights violations in Myanmar. The Government sanctioned all 6 individuals named by the UN Fact Finding Mission report, including the Commander-in-Chief and his Deputy. The Commander-in-Chief and his Deputy are the architects of the current political situation.
Raab’s statement today shows the Government remain keen to resolve the situation and help support a restoration of democracy to the country.