/ 08 March 2021

Australia scales back support for Myanmar’s military

Foreign Minister Marise Payne last night said Australia’s aid will be redirected to persecuted groups and an Australian development program will no longer be administered by Myanmar’s government bodies. Our formal relationship with Myanmar’s military, which Payne says was restricted to “non-combat areas”, is on hold. On Friday, the United Nations special envoy to Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener called on the international community to step up and “denounce the actions by the military” over the coup that stole power from the nation’s democratically elected government. At least 50 protesters have been killed in increasing violent clashes with authorities. The US, UK and Canada have tightened restrictions on Myanmar’s army, their family members and other top leaders of the junta, but China and Russia aren’t ending their support.

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