UN / MYANMAR UPDATE

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The UN team in Myanmar has reaffirmed its solidarity with the people of the country in their pursuit for democracy, peace, human rights and the rule of law, six months after the Myanmar military seized control over the democratically elected government, a UN spokesperson told reporters in New York. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 02 AUGUST 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1.Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

02 AUGUST 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, spokesperson at the podium in briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“From Myanmar, the UN team has reaffirmed its solidarity with the people of the country in their pursuit for democracy, peace, human rights and the rule of law, six months after the Myanmar military seized control over the democratically elected government. Since February 1st, at least 930 people – many of them women and children – have been killed at the hands of security forces, while thousands more have been injured. At least 3,000 people remain under detention – this includes politicians, authors, human rights defenders, teachers, health care workers, civil servants, journalists, monks, celebrities, and ordinary citizens.
4. Cutaway, reporters
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“The protracted crisis has impacted humanitarian access to people in need, as well as education, health, and the fight against COVID-19. It has also, of course, affected the basic rights of the people of Myanmar to express themselves and have a government that represents them. For their part, the UN Population Fund and UN Women in Myanmar have warned that the compounded political and health crisis, coupled with an intensification of fighting, is putting more women and girls this year at risk. They also said that the deteriorating socio-economic situation means that hundreds of thousands more people now are in need of humanitarian aid. Since February 1st, women and girls have been at the frontlines as leaders of civil society organizations, civil servants, activists, journalists, artists and influencers, exercising their fundamental rights to express their hopes for the future of the country.
6. Cutaway, reporter asking questions
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“I think the short answer is that it’s not taking us in the right direction. It’s moving us further away from what we’ve calling for, what Member States have been calling for, which is a return to democratic rule, release of all prisoners, political prisoners, a halt on the violence and the crackdown. I mean, for what I just read the numbers continue to be extremely concerning. I think if you look at Myanmar, also six months since the take-over, the precarious situation, the wider implications threatening regional stability, have been made even worse by the Covid-19 outbreak and for us a unified international response remains paramount.”
8. Cutaway, journalists

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The UN team in Myanmar has reaffirmed its solidarity with the people of the country in their pursuit for democracy, peace, human rights and the rule of law, six months after the Myanmar military seized control over the democratically elected government, a UN spokesperson told reporters in New York.

Briefing media today (2 Aug), UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said since February 1st, “at least 930 people – many of them women and children – have been killed at the hands of security forces, while thousands more have been injured.”

At least 3,000 people remain under detention – this includes politicians, authors, human rights defenders, teachers, health care workers, civil servants, journalists, monks, celebrities, and ordinary citizens, he added.

The protracted crisis has impacted humanitarian access to people in need, as well as education, health, and the fight against COVID-19. It has also, of course, affected the basic rights of the people of Myanmar to express themselves and have a government that represents them.

For their part, the UN Population Fund and UN Women in Myanmar have warned that the compounded political and health crisis, coupled with an intensification of fighting, is putting more women and girls this year at risk. They also said that the deteriorating socio-economic situation means that hundreds of thousands more people now are in need of humanitarian aid.

Dujarric also said since February 1st, “women and girls have been at the frontlines as leaders of civil society organizations, civil servants, activists, journalists, artists and influencers, exercising their fundamental rights to express their hopes for the future of the country.”
Asked if the Secretary-General had any comment on the military in Myanmar extending the state of emergency and elections until mid-2023, the UN spokesperson said, “I think the short answer is that it’s not taking us in the right direction.”

He added, “It’s moving us further away from what we’ve calling for, what Member States have been calling for, which is a return to democratic rule, release of all prisoners, political prisoners, a halt on the violence and the crackdown. I mean, for what I just read the numbers continue to be extremely concerning. I think if you look at Myanmar, also six months since the take-over, the precarious situation, the wider implications threatening regional stability, have been made even worse by the Covid-19 outbreak and for us a unified international response remains paramount.”
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