Myanmar army suspends laws limiting security forces as anti-coup protests continue

Myanmar army suspends laws limiting security forces as anti-coup protests continue

The coup in Myanmar is an early test of the extent to which the Biden administration will respond to an authoritarian reversal of democracy overseas.

"The Philippines joined China, Russia, Venezuela, and Bolivia in dissociating itself from the HRC consensus that adopted the resolution but without taking a vote", Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodro Locsin Jr. said on Saturday.

Washington's initial response to the military takeover in Myanmar was swift.

It is unclear if more charges may be laid against her, after the military raided the NLD's headquarters in Yangon last Tuesday. The United Nations and human-rights groups have described the crimes against the Rohingya as such.

"The Philippines has been supportive of Myanmar's progress towards a fuller democracy, cognizant of the Army's role in preserving its territorial integrity and national security, as well as the unifying role of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in the history of the country and Army her father founded", the Philippine statement said.

Meanwhile, the military government of Myanmar moved ahead with its investigation of the alleged "election fraud" by arresting several members of the former Union Election Commission (UEC) which was responsible for the November 8 national elections a year ago.

Pereira said the potential return would run counter to efforts made by the government to portray Malaysia as a nation that respected human rights.

The Biden administration was quick to denounce the coup and implement sanctions against its leaders. Sanctions should also involve re-imposing sanctions on North Korea-related targets, given prior military-to-military engagement between the two countries. The suspensions also free authorities to spy on all communications.

Japan, a close friend of Myanmar, expressed "great concerns over the seizures of power by the military on February 1 and the detention of the democratic leaders". They also live-stream the entire process. "As long as we are against the military, we are one".

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"We urge the military leaders to consider the potentially devastating consequences of these proposed laws on Myanmar's people and economy", said Asia Internet Coalition's managing director Jeff Paine.

But he said US sanctions alone would have little impact on Myanmar's generals without "tough messages" from USA partners such as Japan, Singapore and India.

"The United States and Japan have to coordinate their approaches - a good cop and a bad cop approach", said Kavi, a senior fellow at the Institute of Security and International Studies at Chulalongkorn University, in an email.

"We won't play for the national team under the military dictatorship".

Private investments have poured into Myanmar in line with the democratic reform.

"The military must relinquish power".

China and Russian Federation continue to defend Myanmar's military, insisting that the armed forces' seizure of power from the democratically-elected government is Myanmar's internal affair. There is still a window to work with allies and identify targeted pressure points that incentivize a resolution between the country's political and military leadership.

In Pathein (in the south of the country), hundreds of people marched at night towards the public hospital, some armies of sticks or iron bars, in an attempt to defend the head doctor of the hospital after learning that 'he had been arrested by the army. He spent nearly two decades imprisoned because of his political activities, and went into hiding the day of this year's coup, but was reportedly seen briefly last week at one protest in Yangon. The views and opinions expressed in this paper are exclusively those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the State Department or any other agency.

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