UNSC adopts first-ever resolution on Myanmar

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The U.N. The Security Council on 21 December adopted its first ever resolution on Myanmar in 74 years to demand an end to violence and urge the military junta to release all political prisoners, including ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Important facts

  • The 15-member council has long been split on how to deal with the Myanmar crisis with China and Russia arguing against strong action. 

  • The resolution also demands “an immediate end to all forms of violence” and asks for “all parties to respect human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law.”

  • The motion was adopted with 12 votes in favour. Permanent members China and Russia opted not to use the veto after amending the wording. India also remained absent.

  • The resolution sent a "strong message" to the world that the junta must "end its violence across the country" and free prisoners.

  • The only resolution regarding Myanmar was passed by the United Nations in 1948 approving its membership in the UN Security Council.

  • About Myanmar

    • Capital - Naypyidaw

    • Currency - Kyat

    • Prime Minister - Min Aung Hlaing

    • Nobel Laureate - Aung San Suu Kyi of the National League of Democracy (NLD) party, was awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights.

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