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President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will on Wednesday afternoon announce the United States’ response to the coup in Myanmar, the White House said on Wednesday morning.
“In the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks on the administration’s response to the coup in Burma in the South Court Auditorium,” the White House said in a schedule update.
On February 1, the military in Myanmar imposed a state of emergency under the authority of the Commander-in-Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and detained scores of elected civilian officials, other senior political figures as well as political activists and human rights defenders.
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A military-owned television station announced that a one-year state of emergency had been imposed under the authority of the Commander in Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.
The same day, President Biden released a strongly worded statement threatening to sanction Myanmar over the military coup.
“The international community should come together in one voice to press the Burmese military to immediately relinquish the power they have seized, release the activists and officials they have detained, lift all telecommunications restrictions, and refrain from violence against civilians,” President Biden said.
In a 2018 report, Amnesty International named Senior General Min Aung Hlaing among those who should be investigated for responsibility for crimes against humanity perpetrated as part of a widespread and systematic attack against the Rohingya population in northern Rakhine State.
This article will be updated.