UN / MYANMAR UPDATE

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The spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric said the United Nations were “deeply concerned by the intensification of arbitrary arrests in Myanmar” and stressed that “these arbitrary arrests must stop.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 22 NOVEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN headquarters

22 NOVEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric at the dais
3. Wide shot, reporters
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We are deeply concerned by the intensification of arbitrary arrests in Myanmar. The targeting of members of the National League for Democracy (NLD), affiliates and others promoting a return to Myanmar's democratic path, and those exercising their most basic rights to peaceful assembly. These arbitrary arrests must stop. We also remain concerned over recent attacks on NLD offices and recalls the Security Council's Presidential Statement of March of this year, expressing concern over arbitrary detentions of Members of Government including the President and State Counsellor. We are expressing continued concern over the intensifying crackdown and treatment of detainees by the military, including increased reports of sexual violence. Credible reports indicate that at least 175 people have died while in custody since February of this year. That includes 50 deaths in custody reported since the beginning of October alone, and many of the bodies showed signs of mistreatment or torture. We reiterate our call for the release of all detainees and for the cessation of violence on all sides.”
5. Wide shot, end of presser

STORYLINE:

The spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric today (22 Nov) said the United Nations were “deeply concerned by the intensification of arbitrary arrests in Myanmar” and stressed that “these arbitrary arrests must stop.”

The spokesperson said, “we also remain concerned” over recent attacks on the National League for Democracy (NLD) offices and expressed concern “over arbitrary detentions of Members of Government including the President and State Counsellor.”

Dujarric said, “we are expressing continued concern over the intensifying crackdown and treatment of detainees by the military, including increased reports of sexual violence” and added that “credible reports indicate that at least 175 people have died while in custody since February of this year. That includes 50 deaths in custody reported since the beginning of October alone, and many of the bodies showed signs of mistreatment or torture.”

He reiterated the UN’s call “for the release of all detainees and for the cessation of violence on all sides.”
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