UN urges respect for rule of law in Myanmar

The U.N. Security Council is strongly backing a return to democracy in Myanmar and calling for the immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all those arbitrarily detained by the military. (Feb. 4)

Video Transcript

BARBARA WOODWARD: The members of the Security Council expressed deep concern at the declaration of a state of emergency imposed in Myanmar by the military on the 1st of February and the arbitrary detention of members of the government, including state councilor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint and others.

They called for the immediate release of all those detained. The members of the Security Council emphasized the need for the continued support of the democratic transition in Myanmar. They stressed the need to uphold democratic institutions and processes, refrain from violence, and fully respect human rights, fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law.

They encouraged the pursuance of dialogue and reconciliation in accordance with the will and interests of the people of Myanmar.

The members of the Security Council expressed concern at the restrictions on civil society, journalists, and media workers. They also called for safe and unimpeded humanitarian access to all people in need, including through the re-establishment of UN relief flights.