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G7 calls Myanmar military to respect international law

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The group has also condemned the intimidation of those opposing the coup and raised concerns at the crackdown on freedom of expression, including through the internet blackout and draconian changes to the law that repress free speech.

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Paris, February 23: The foreign ministers of Group of Seven most developed countries on Tuesday condemned the deadly use of force against people protesting a coup and called for the Myanmar military to respect international law.

“We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union firmly condemn violence committed by Myanmar’s security forces against peaceful protests,” the joint statement from the G7 read.

“We offer condolences for the loss of life. The military and the police must exercise utmost restraint and respect human rights and international law. Use of live ammunition against unarmed people is unacceptable. Anyone responding to peaceful protests with violence must be held to account,” the group said.

The group has also condemned the intimidation of those opposing the coup and raised concerns at the crackdown on freedom of expression, including through the internet blackout and draconian changes to the law that repress free speech.

“The systematic targeting of protesters, doctors, civil society and journalists must stop and the state of emergency must be revoked. We continue to call for full humanitarian access to support the most vulnerable,” the group continued.

As per reports,three demonstrators were killed so far in Myanmar. Tens of thousands have rallied across the country against the coup orchestrated by the military on Feb 1 and to demand the release of the elected leaders, prompting a military crackdown.

The G7 foreign ministers reiterated their call for the immediate and unconditional release of those detained arbitrarily, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint and continue to stand with the people of Myanmar in their quest for democracy and freedom.

Meanwhile, the United States has also designated two additional State Administrative Council (SAC) members, saying, Washington will continue to work with a broad coalition of international partners to promote accountability for coup leaders and those responsible for this violence.
“Today, the United States is responding by designating two additional State Administrative Council (SAC) members, Maung Maung Kyaw and Moe Myint Tun. These designations were made pursuant to Section 1(a)(iii)(A) of Executive Order (E.O.) 14014, ‘Blocking Property With Respect to the Situation in Burma’,” said US State Secretary Antony Blinken.

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