forum. Four months have passed since the military coup in Myanmar [Myanmar]. Four months of protests against the junta which overthrew a newly elected government. Arbitrary arrests of civilian officials, protest leaders and journalists for four months.
In just four months, the security forces killed more than 800 people and detained thousands, some of whom were enforced disappearance, increasing the risk of torture and summary execution.
At the same time, the escalation of fighting and increased vulnerability in ethnic minority areas at least forced 175,000 people Escape from their homes. Across the country, the media is closed and Internet access is almost non-existent. The humanitarian situation and food insecurity in various places are deteriorating.The United Nations has caveat By early 2022, half of Myanmar’s population, or approximately 25 million people, may live below the national poverty line.
President Emmanuel Macron’s response to the disaster has not yet matched the severity of the situation. On June 11, the President of the Republic will travel to the UK to meet with other G7 leaders. This must be a bold opportunity for him to work more closely with the main government to make a firmer and stronger international response to the serious crimes committed by the Myanmar military government.
The United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada have imposed a series of increasingly severe sanctions on military leaders and the companies they control (the military’s main source of revenue). The European Union (EU) is also preparing a new set of sanctions, which will be adopted at the next EU Foreign Affairs Committee on June 21.