Media Statement

01 February 2021

South Africa condemns the detention of leaders in Myanmar

The Government of the Republic of South Africa has noted with serious concern the detention of the State Counsellor, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other political leaders on the eve of the opening session of Myanmar's Parliament and calls for her immediate release and a return to the rule of law.

These developments undermine democratic reforms undertaken in Myanmar, following the general elections held on 08 November 2020, and we call upon the military to respect the rule of law.

South Africa firmly believes that political differences should be resolved through peaceful and inclusive dialogue.

South Africa will continue to support the people of Myanmar in their pursuit of democracy, peace, human rights and rule of law.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974

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