Foreign Minister condemns sentencing of Aung San Suu Kyi

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'I condemn today’s sentencing to four years in prison of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. The military regime is using the judicial system to silence political opponents and crush the National League for Democracy', Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt said.

'Nearly a year has passed since the military coup in Myanmar. The situation has deteriorated sharply in all areas of society over the past year. I am deeply concerned about the suffering of the civilian population', the Minister said.

'I reiterate our calls for the military leadership to release all political prisoners, uphold democratic institutions and processes, refrain from violence, and fully respect human rights and the rule of law. We also call on the military leadership to participate in an inclusive dialogue and resume the democratic transition process'.   

'Norway holds the presidency of the Security Council in January. We will work to ensure that the Security Council continues to address the situation in Myanmar – during our presidency as well. We are in close contact with other Council members to find a suitable time and format for a meeting on Myanmar, as the one-year anniversary of the military coup approaches. The Security Council issued a press statement on the situation in Myanmar as recently as 29 December. Together with the other Council members, Norway has worked to promote a united Council response, and the Security Council has issued a number of statements expressing deep concern about the situation in Myanmar since the coup in February 2021. We will continue this work', Anniken Huitfeldt said.