UK & EU call for UNHRC to address crisis in Myanmar

Britain and the EU united on Monday to request that a special session of the U.N. Human Rights Council be held to address the crisis in Myanmar, where the military seized power a week ago.

Myanmar police on Monday warned protesters to disperse or face force shortly after state television signalled impending action to stifle mass demonstrations against a military coup and the arrest of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Reuters reports.

Britain’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, told an organisational meeting of the rights forum that it was making the request with the EU and that it had the support of a further 19 Council members.

The detention of elected politicians and civilians by the military “has grave implications for human rights in the country,” he said.

“Above all, we must respond urgently to the plight of the people in Myanmar and the rapidly deteriorating human rights situation there".

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