Published: Fri, March 12, 2021
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Myanmar's military accuses Suu Kyi of taking illegal payment and gold

Myanmar's military accuses Suu Kyi of taking illegal payment and gold

The UN Security Council agreed on a statement on Wednesday that condemns violence against Myanmar protesters and urges military restraint, diplomats said, but dropped language condemning the army takeover as a coup and threatening possible further action because of opposition by China, Russia, India and Vietnam.

It also expresses support for the country's democratic transition and "stresses the need to uphold democratic institutions and processes, refrain from violence, fully respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, and uphold the rule of law".

Despite the increasingly violent tactics of security forces, protests continued Wednesday in cities and towns across the country, including Yangon, Mandalay, Monywa, Dawei, Myitkyina, Myitkyina, Bago, Kalaw and Myingyan.

According to the generals, last year's elections were not fair.

Thursday saw at least nine protesters killed in different parts of the country, including six in central Myanmar's Myaing township - five of them shot in the head, according to a witness.

Protesters holding homemade shields as they run during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on March 3, 2021.

The new statement criticises the military in Myanmar, saying the council "strongly condemns the use of violence against peaceful protesters, including against women, youth and children".

Earlier versions of the British-drafted resolution, under discussion since Friday, was more forthright but was blocked on Tuesday, with China, Vietnam, India and Russian Federation opposed, diplomats said. With these sanctions, Washington hopes to increase the pressure on the military regime.

Meanwhile, after being banned from Facebook and YouTube, Myanmar state network MRTV, which is now controlled by the military, has moved to publishing videos on online platform Vimeo.

United Nations headquarters in NY.

The research revealed that some of the military units Amnesty International had accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity were now being used against the protesters. In line with this Council's resolution, we urge the global community to express, in the strongest terms, our collective concern.

The council reiterated support for United Nations special envoy Christine Schraner Burgener and encouraged her efforts to maintain communication and "engage intensively with all relevant parties in Myanmar, and to visit Myanmar as soon as possible".

When the Security Council gathered in early February, days after the military coup, it released a press statement expressing "deep concern" about the detention of Myanmar government officials and called for "the immediate release of all those detained".

Verified footage from 1 March in Mawlamyine in Mon State shows security forces riding pick-up trucks while apparently indiscriminately firing live ammunition in multiple directions, including into people's homes.

He said President Win Myint and several cabinet ministers had also engaged in corruption and that the president had pressured the election commission not to act on the military's reports of irregularities.

It commends ASEAN's continuing efforts "to engage with all relevant parties in Myanmar".

"I am heartbroken and angry at the same time that so many children will now have to go through what I went through, growing up without a parent, not knowing if or when they will ever be freed", she said.

"She may have her defects but bribery and corruption aren't her traits", he said.

He called for the Security Council members to "speak in one voice" and urged the global community to "create an enabling environment for relevant parties in Myanmar to address differences under the constitutional and legal framework".

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