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Myanmar urged to release Suu Kyi, HR defenders detained in military coup

State-run media announced that Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing would take control of the country for 12 months.

“The military needs to urgently de-escalate this situation and unconditionally free those detained today,” said Matthew Smith, CEO of Fortify Rights, adding, “The military should cease any further arrests and issue guarantees of the safety and well-being of those detained.”

In the early hours on Monday, the Myanmar military reportedly detained State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint, members of parliament, and human rights defenders. The authorities also reportedly cut mobile-communication signals.

“A military coup is underway,” said Matthew Smith. “The military should lift any blocks on mobile communications and respect the right to free expression. Access to information is critical for the Myanmar public right now.”

The Myanmar Parliament was due to convene Monday morning. A National League for Democracy (NLD) party member told Fortify Rights that the military had detained all civilian members of parliament in Naypyidaw.

The Myanmar Parliament was due to convene Monday morning. A National League for Democracy (NLD) party member told Fortify Rights that the military had detained all civilian members of parliament in Naypyidaw.