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G7 ‘firmly condemn’ Myanmar military attacks on protesters


The G7 referred to as for an finish to the “systematic targeting” of protesters, docs, civil society and journalists and for the army junta to revoke its declared state of emergency.

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PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 02:46 PM IST

G7 nations mentioned on Tuesday they “firmly condemn” violence dedicated by Myanmar’s safety forces towards protesters and urged them to “exercise utmost restraint and respect human rights and international law”.

The bloc of rich nations — comprising Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain and the USA in addition to the European Union’s Excessive Consultant — reiterated their opposition to the February 1 coup and the more and more heavy-handed response to demonstrations towards it.

“Use of live ammunition against unarmed people is unacceptable. Anyone responding to peaceful protests with violence must be held to account,” G7 overseas ministers mentioned in a press release.

“We condemn the intimidation and oppression of those opposing the coup. We raise our concern at the crackdown on freedom of expression, including through the internet blackout and draconian changes to the law that repress free speech.”

The G7 referred to as for an finish to the “systematic targeting” of protesters, docs, civil society and journalists and for the army junta to revoke its declared state of emergency.

Additionally learn: Western nations step up stress on Myanmar junta as protesters defy warnings

It additionally urged Myanmar’s army to permit full humanitarian entry to assist essentially the most susceptible.

“We remain united in condemning the coup in Myanmar. We call again for the immediate and unconditional release of those detained arbitrarily, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint and continue to stand with the people of Myanmar in their quest for democracy and freedom,” the assertion mentioned.

Myanmar’s army leaders are going through renewed stress at dwelling and overseas after regularly ratcheting up their use of power towards an enormous and largely peaceable civil disobedience marketing campaign towards their coup.

Because the US, EU and UK tighten sanctions, demonstrations towards the junta’s rule have continued to develop — alongside a violent response in return.

Additionally learn: EU prepares measures towards Myanmar coup leaders

Three anti-coup protesters have been killed within the demonstrations to this point, whereas a person patrolling his Yangon neighbourhood towards night time arrests was additionally shot lifeless on the weekend.

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