Condemn Use of Violence: India Bats for Democracy in Myanmar

India in the UN Security Council meet called for the release of detained leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was detained, along with her ally President Win Myint, and other senior leaders early on Monday, 1 February, following a military coup in the country.
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India on Friday, 2 April, condemned use of violence in Myanmar, amid continued military crackdown on civilians protesting against the 1 February coup, adding that it stood for the restoration of democracy in the country.

At a media briefing, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said India has urged for the release of political prisoners. “Let me be very clear. We condemn any use of violence. We believe that the rule of law should prevail. We stand for the restoration of democracy in Myanmar,” Bagchi said.

“We support any attempt at resolving the current situation, including through ASEAN.  We remain engaged on this issue with our international interlocutors and at the UN Security Council in an effort to play a balanced and constructive role.”
Arindam Bagchi, MEA spokesperson

When asked if India will allow people from Myanmar to cross over to the Indian side along the Indo-Myanmar border, Bagchi said: “As far as border crossings are concerned, we are dealing with it as per our laws and humanitarian considerations.”

Earlier, India in the UN Security Council meet, called for the release of detained leaders, including de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, after Myanmar’s military coup on 1 February.

Since the coup, the death toll in Myanmar has been on the rise, with security forces reportedly grow increasingly violent in suppressing protesters.

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