Thousands of people have been killed since Myanmar’s military took power in February 2021 from the government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob expressed its disappointment to the United Nations Security Council over its response to the continuing political crisis in Myanmar.
Ismail said to United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Friday that the Security Council had not taken “any serious action” in addressing the situation in Myanmar and described the response as “very sad”.
“Some even consider the Security Council to have washed their hands [Myanmar] and hand over the matter to ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations]”I said.
Myanmar army to take power in February 2021 from Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government, plunging the country into what some UN experts have described as a new civil war that has left thousands dead.
The Prime Minister also said that ASEAN’s “Five Point Consensus” – which has called for an immediate end to violence, the appointment of a special envoy and discussions involving all stakeholders – needs to be met. giving “a new life”.
“Malaysia is disappointed that there has been no meaningful progress in implementing the ASEAN Five-Point Consensus, especially by the Myanmar government. In its current form, the ASEAN Five-Point Consensus cannot continue,” he said.
Malaysia has led calls for a tougher approach to Myanmar’s junta, and has also called on ASEAN to engage with National Unity Government (NUG) was founded by elected politicians, generals were removed from power.
Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore also have promoted a stronger formation with Myanmar’s generals.
The Malaysian Prime Minister added that the crisis has made the situation of millions of refugees from Myanmar worse, including mainly Muslim Rohingya refugees – nearly a million of them now languish in sprawling refugee camps in Bangladesh.
“Although Malaysia is not a signatory to the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol, on humanitarian grounds, Malaysia has accepted nearly 200,000 Rohingya refugees,” he said.
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Aung San Suu Kyi and leading figures in her cabinet and party were arrested by coup leaders, and have since been tried on a variety of charges that critics say are fabricated. to prevent them from being politically active.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur On human rights in Myanmar, Tom Andrews, earlier this week said conditions for 54 million Burmese had gone from “worse, worse to terrible” due to the military takeover.
Andrews told the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Andrews also reported that the Myanmar military committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, including sexual violence, torture, deliberate campaigns against civilians and murder.