Written by Gen. Sa Nikamui

On 29/07/2022

We welcome the UN Security Council’s long overdue condemnation of the barbaric genocidal military generals in Myanmar, their war crimes, and their unlawful and despicable executions of democratic leaders Ko Jimmy, Ko Phyo Zeya Thaw, Ko Hla Myo Aung and Ko Aung Thura Zaw who have now become martyrs of freedom and democracy. The military’s actions are unconscionable and incompatible with the values of peace, democracy, and the rule of law. It brings succor to our people to know that the international community has seen these crimes, and has decried them.

Unfortunately, this brutal genocidal military regime does not understand or respect words. All the condemnation and heavy-handed rhetoric in the world will not deter them. There are at this moment over 100 pro-democracy activists on death row, and recent reports indicate that the junta is preparing for further executions in short order. At the same time, outside the prison walls, thousands of Myanmar people have been slain by the genocidal military and hundreds of thousands more languish with neither food nor shelter as a result of their campaign of terror. Therefore, if UN Security Council fails to take immediate and decisive action, many more democratic activists’, leaders’ and innocents’ lives will be brutally cut short. This in turn will prolong this dreadful conflict which threatens peace, security, and prosperity in the whole region.

The UN Security Council has a golden opportunity to save lives, and restore peace, order, and stability, but it must act now. We once again call on the UNSC to declare R2P, the responsibility to protect Myanmar and her people, to refer the generals and their foot soldiers to the International Criminal Court ( ICC) to stand trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity, to establish a no-fly zone and humanitarian corridors for the protection of civilians and aid workers, and to impose an international arm, fuel, financial embargo on the genocidal military regime and its puppet SAC and their cronies.

It is not sufficient for the UN to recall the statements of ASEAN or to defer responsibility for this crisis to ASEAN. We welcome ASEAN’s responses and actions, but the five-point consensus is not enough. ASEAN must accept that the military leadership have not taken any steps to implement the five-point consensus nor have they any intention of ever doing so. ASEAN must stand up to Min Aung Hlaing and refuse to allow him to veto and deny attempts by ASEAN to gather information or to enforce the terms of the consensus. Min Aung Hlaing and his brutal regime have routinely blocked the ASEAN special envoy and has faced no consequences.

How can ASEAN hope to bring Myanmar crisis to an end when they are denied and ignored at every turn by the genocidal military? Worse still, Min Aung Hlaing has turned ASEAN to his own benefit by funneling ASEAN relief aid through organizations and agents in his employ, cutting off aid to those who need it most, and selling the supplies off for profit.
Any effective response to this crisis must be “ASEAN plus”; a joint reaction from ASEAN, the UN, our non-ASEAN regional partners, and all countries dedicated to the cause of democracy and freedom. Furthermore, in order for any progress to be made, ASEAN must engage with the NUG directly, must engage with all pro-democracy stakeholders around Myanmar, and must ensure that on-the-ground responses are people-led, meaning that no matter how difficult, peace projects and aid shipments must circumvent the genocidal military and their agents, for fear that they will be stolen, undermined, or weaponized by the inhuman military against the people of Myanmar.

What Min Aung Hlaing and his cadre have learned is that no matter how vile or base their crimes, the international community and ASEAN respond with words. Harsh words, but words none the less. The genocidal military does not fear words, and it certainly will not be defeated with words. Serious and firm action is needed immediately, before more precious human lives are senselessly taken away by barbaric and genocidal military junta in Myanmar.


Dr. Sasa
Union Minister of the Ministry of International Cooperation
Spokesperson of the National Unity Government of Myanmar
Former Myanmar Special Envoy to the United Nations

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