Myanmar: Democracy

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 29th April 2021.

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Photo of Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown DUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the re-establishment of democracy in Myanmar.

Photo of Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK has been at the forefront of the international response to the coup in Myanmar, and we continue to call for a return to democracy. On 10 March we secured a unanimous Presidential Statement at the UN Security Council which called for respect for the democratic transition and human rights and an end to violence. The Foreign Secretary and Minister for Asia have spoken to a wide range of counterparts, including the US, France, Germany and Japan. They have also engaged with partners in ASEAN, including with the ASEAN Secretary General, to seek a strong and coordinated response. We welcome ASEAN's Five Point Plan on Myanmar and agree with ASEAN Leaders that the violence must end immediately. We have provided a platform for pro-democracy voices at the UN Human Rights Council and UN Security Council.

We are also looking to exert direct pressure on the military and have sanctioned nine leaders and two of the key military conglomerates which fund the military's actions. We will continue to use all the tools at our disposal to encourage dialogue, find a peaceful resolution to the crisis, and restore democracy.

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