UN Security Council voices concern over sentencing of Myanmar's civilian leaders


UNITED NATIONS, Dec 9 (Xinhua): The UN Security Council has expressed deep concern over the sentencing of Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and others.

In a press statement, the members of the Security Council reiterated their calls for the release of all those who have been arbitrarily detained since the military takeover on Feb. 1.

"The members of the Security Council once again stressed their continued support for the democratic transition in Myanmar, and underlined the need to uphold democratic institutions and processes, refrain from violence, pursue constructive dialogue and reconciliation in accordance with the will and interests of the people of Myanmar, fully respect human rights and fundamental freedoms and uphold the rule of law," said the statement.

The council members reiterated their strong commitment to the sovereignty, political independence, territorial integrity and unity of Myanmar.

Myanmar reported 398 new Covid-19 infections with daily positivity rate of 2.1 percent in the past 24 hours, according to a release from the Ministry of Health on Wednesday (Dec 8).

The number of Covid-19 cases has risen to 525,403 while the death toll has reached 19,157 after five new deaths were reported on Wednesday, the release said.

A total of 501,520 patients have been discharged from hospitals and over 5.73 million samples have been tested for Covid-19 so far.

Over 12.5 million people have been fully vaccinated and over 5.59 million people have received the first jabs of Covid-19 vaccines as of Tuesday, the ministry's data showed.

Myanmar detected its first two Covid-19 positive cases on March 23 last year.

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