Community of Democracies on the situation in Myanmar
Recent activities following the military coup in Myanmar
In his statement on February 2, 2021, CoD Secretary General Thomas E. Garrett called for the immediate release of unjustly detained Myanmar political leaders and for the November 2020 vote of the people to be honored. He urged the military to allow for the restoration of the democratic process through inclusive dialogue to include civil society and all groups within the country. He also reaffirmed the pledge of the Permanent Secretariat of the Community of Democracies to continue its support to Myanmar’s transition to democracy. Read full statement
On February 12, 2021, CoD Governing Council Members Canada, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Republic of Korea, Romania (CoD Presidency 2019-2021), Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States of America released a statement in which they expressed grave concern for the Myanmar military’s removal of the democratically elected civilian government; for the arbitrary detention of civilian government leaders, civil society members, human rights activists, and journalists; and for restrictions on telecommunications services since February 1, 2021. Signatories also called upon the Myanmar military to respect democratic institutions and processes and the rule of law, and to reinstate the elected government, allowing the parliament to convene. The military should release all those under arbitrary detention; respect freedom of expression, both online and offline; and refrain from violence against members of the public. Read full statement
The Permanent Secretariat of the Community of Democracies also shared a statement by the Australia-Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Project (AMCDP), in which the academics from UNSW Sydney condemned unconstitutional attack on democracy in Myanmar and outlined the AMCDP work supporting building constitutional democracy in Myanmar. Read full statement. The CoD worked with the AMCDP supporting democratic reforms in Myanmar. The findings can be found in this CoD booklet.