New York

14 March 2021

Note to Correspondents: Statement by the Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Myanmar

The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, strongly condemns the continuing bloodshed in the country as the military defies international calls, including from the Security Council, for restraint, dialogue and full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms,
The Special Envoy has personally heard from contacts in Myanmar heartbreaking accounts of killings, mistreatment of demonstrators and torture of prisoners over the weekend. The ongoing brutality, including against medical personnel and destruction of public infrastructure, severely undermines any prospects for peace and stability.  The international community, including regional actors, must come together in solidarity with the people of Myanmar and their democratic aspirations. 
The Special Envoy remains in close contact with regional leaders and Security Council members and relies on their continued support towards her efforts to calm the situation.