Myanmar junta hit with fresh sanctions two years after coup I DW News
Myanmar’s already two-year-old state of emergency was extended by a further six months on Wednesday at the request of military junta chief Min Aung Hlaing, state media reported. The extension was granted by the National Defense and Security Council on the two-year anniversary of the coup that ousted the country’s civilian government and led to the arrest of its figurehead Aung San Suu Kyi.
Meanwhile, inside Myanmar on Wednesday, streets in many places were left largely deserted as part of a so-called ‘silent strike’ against the regime. In the countryside though, armed resistance continues against the junta.
State media also reported Min Aung Hlaing as saying on Wednesday that “Our government will work to hold elections in every part of the country so as the people will not lose their democratic right.”
The UN has warned that the promised elections will likely not be free and fair.
UN Special Rapporteur for Myanmar, Tom Andrews has accused member states of failing to respond adequately, calling it the second anniversary of the international community’s failure to effectively address the crisis. He added that the crisis has seen the deaths of nearly 3000 people and 17 and a half thousand arrests.
The US and its allies have also announced a fresh wave of sanctions against the military regime.
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