There is increasing pressure on the military regime in Myanmar after its violent crackdown on demonstrations. At the UN in New York, Britain, France and the US are circulating a draft statement to the 15 members of the Security Council condemning what they call “the violent repression”.
The declaration has no legal force, but if it were approved by China, Myanmar’s closest ally, it would send a forceful message. The draft UN declaration calls for the release of political prisoners and for the regime to open up dialogue with the opposition. Various protests against the Myanmar military rulers are planned around the world today.