The UN Security Council on Wednesday adopted a resolution calling on Myanmar’s military junta to release ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and all other arbitrarily detained prisoners.
Twelve members of the UN Security Council voted in favor of a resolution demanding an immediate end to violence in Myanmar, while China, Russia and India abstained. The 15-member council has long been divided over the Myanmar crisis over China and Russia’s stance.
On February 1, 2021, Suu Kyi’s government was overthrown in a military coup following the victory of her National League for Democracy party in the national elections last November.
The coup was met with massive civil unrest as people denounced her removal and imposition of military rule. The junta detained Suu Kyi and other officials and violently cracked down on the protests, with the UN warning that the country was plunged into civil war.
US Representative to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the resolution was just a step towards ending the bloodshed, adding that “much more needs to be done”.
China’s UN representative Zhang Jun said there is no quick solution to the problem.