tirsdag 16. februar 2021

Myanmar coup: UN warns Myanmar junta of 'severe consequences'

The UN has told Myanmar's military junta that "the right of peaceful assembly must fully be respected". In a phone call, UN Special Envoy Christine Schraner Burgener warned that "any form of heavy handed response is likely to have severe consequences". Access to the internet in Myanmar was restored on Tuesday morning after it had been cut off for a second night.

The junta has been regularly blocking the web to try to stifle dissent since the 1 February coup. Ms Schraner Burgener's warning came during Monday's phone call with the junta's deputy head Soe Win, a UN spokesperson said. The special envoy stressed that internet blackouts "undermine core democratic principles".