The United Nations (UN) has reiterated its position saying it wants to see free, fair, and open elections everywhere, including in Bangladesh.
“As a matter of principle, we would like to see free and fair and open elections everywhere they are held,” spokesman for UN secretary-general, Stephane Dujarric, said while briefing reporters at the UN headquarters on Monday.
Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the Myanmar government to ensure unfettered humanitarian access in the Rakhine state.
He also appealed to the international community to support those who have fled to Bangladesh.
The UN chief also said he told the Human Rights Council that, in his experience, Rohingyas are one of the most discriminated against populations in the world, and that was even before last year’s crisis.
European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council on Monday sought steps for targeted restrictive measures against senior military officers of the Myanmar armed forces responsible for serious and systematic human rights violations.
The council also sought measures for an extension of the existing embargo on arms and equipment which can be used for internal repression as well as options for its strengthening.
The Foreign Affairs Council “adopted conclusions” on the situation in Myanmar, particularly in Rakhine state, which remains extremely serious.
“In view of the situation, the council invites in its conclusions the high representative to make proposals without delay,” said a document that UNB obtained from Brussels on Monday.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini chaired the council.
The EU also called upon Myanmar to address the issue of accountability and create conditions for voluntary, safe and dignified return of displaced persons to their places of origin.