Statement by Ambassadors to Myanmar was released on 14 February 2021, as follow:
We call on security forces to refrain from violence against demonstrators and civilians, who are protesting the overthrow of their legitimate government.
We unequivocally condemn the detention and ongoing arrests of political leaders, civil society activists, and civil servants, as well as the harassment of journalists.
We also denounce the military’s interruption of communications, as well as the restriction of the Myanmar people’s fundamental rights and basic legal protections.
We support the people of Myanmar in their quest for democracy, freedom, peace, and prosperity. The world is watching.
Signed by the Ambassadors to Myanmar from Canada; the Delegation of the EU and European Union Member States with presence in Myanmar: Denmark, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden; Norway; Switzerland; the United Kingdom; and the United States.
Finland also released an open letter on 12 Februrary 2021, please view the file attached.
Statement by Sweden in the 29th Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights implications of the crisis in Myanmar was published on 12 Feb 2021.
The Government of Norway released a statement on 9 February 2021, the government has condemned the military coup in Myanmar, and has called for the release of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other democratically elected politicians, as well as journalists and human rights defenders.
Last year’s election gave a strong mandate to the National League for Democracy (NLD) and reflects the will of the majority to continue on the path of democratic reform. Norway strongly appeals to the Tatmadaw’s leadership to relinquish the state of emergency and reinstate the democratically elected Government.
Last week the UN Security held a closed meeting on the situation in Myanmar and issued a joint press statement. The members of the Security Council expressed deep concern at the declaration of the state of emergency imposed by the military and called for immediate release of all those detained. The Council also stressed the need to uphold democratic institutions and processes, refrain from violence and fully respect human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law.
Support to democratization and peace in Myanmar has always been the foundation for Norwegian engagement. Norway will seek ways to continue our support to the democratic transition in Myanmar.