Australia joins international call to stop violence in Burma


To commemorate the first anniversary of the military coup, Australia participated in an international call calling for the Burmese military government to immediately stop the country’s violent repression.

and Joint statement On February 1, Australia, along with the European Union, Albania, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States, called for the end of violence in Burma (also known as Myanmar).

“The catastrophic impact on the people of Myanmar is clear,” the statement said. “More than 14 million people need humanitarian assistance, the economy is at stake, democratic interests are reversed, and conflicts are widespread nationwide. The junta is responsible for this crisis. I am.

“We will immediately end the state of emergency, allow unimpeded humanitarian access, release all arbitrary detainees, including foreigners, and swiftly return the country to the democratic process. I repeat the call, “he read.

Separately February 1st statementPain also called on the Burmese junta to release Australian professor Sean Turnell, who has been arbitrarily detained by the junta since the coup.

Turnel, an advisor to Aung San Suu Kyi, was a highly regarded scholar at Macquarie University in Sydney and director of the Myanmar Development Institute in the capital Naypyidaw.

Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi
Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi will arrive at the Imperial Palace on October 22, 2019 for a court banquet in Tokyo, Japan. (Pierre Emmanuel Deletree / POOL / AFP via Getty Images)

Turnell has raised a voice in him Criticism Burmese troops who are resistant to change and believe he was detained in public service after the end of the military dictatorship.

“The military cannot easily avoid the forces they have held for decades. The military budget remains completely separate from the national budget, and the government’s civilian sector says nothing about military spending decisions. not.”

A joint statement is issued when Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States impose coordinated economic sanctions on seven individuals and two organizations associated with the Burmese military junta. These include Federal Justice Secretary Tida Wu, Chief Justice Tun Tun Wu, on their role in the prosecution of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, whose testimony was “politically motivated” by the military government. Included was Tun Tun, chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission.

The Allies also imposed sanctions on KT Services and Logistics Co. Ltd., its CEO Jonathan Myo Kyaw Thaung, and the Military Procurement Department, which allegedly provided financial support to the junta.

Brian E. Nelson, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Department of Terrorism and Financial Information, said the three countries were in solidarity with the Burmese people who sought freedom and democracy.

“A year after the coup, the United States, along with its British and Canadian allies, is on the side of the Burmese people who seek freedom and democracy,” Nelson said. statement.. “We will continue to target coups and those responsible for ongoing violence, those who have achieved the administration’s brutal crackdown, and their financial backers.”

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said countries are coordinating these actions to demonstrate the international community’s commitment to the Burmese people.

“We will coordinate these actions with the United Kingdom and Canada to show the strong support of the international community for the Burmese people and further promote accountability for the coup and violence carried out by the administration,” said Antony Blinken. US Secretary of State Said..

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade did not immediately respond to requests for comment on whether Australia considered applying its own sanctions.

Victoria Kelly Clark

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Victoria Kelly-Clark is an Australian-based reporter focusing on the national political and geopolitical environment of the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Central Asia.