Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has demanded the military junta in Myanmar to step aside and release all political prisoners.
In the speech during a meeting with the UN Human Rights Council on Monday, he argued the situation in Myanmar is getting worse and highlighted restrictions on freedom of expression, abuse towards civilians and mistreatment of the Rohingyas and other ethnic minorities.
“The UK is sanctioning individuals for serious human rights violations that took place during the coup. The military must step aside. Civilian leaders must be released. And the democratic wishes of the people of Myanmar must be respected,” he continued.
Mr Raab said the promotion and protection of human rights are at the very top of the UK’s list of international priorities and the country will continue “to uphold and defend the international rule of law, and the rights and freedoms of people right around the world.”
The military junta took control of Myanmar after arresting elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her cabinet on February 1.