Washington agreed to grant temporary protection status (temporary asylum) to citizens Myanmar Those living in the United States of America, including many diplomats, according to what was confirmed by two prominent officials of the US administration, in statements to the “Financial Times” newspaper, published Friday, March 12, 2021.
The decision is an escalation in the US position rejecting the military coup in Myanmar in early February, and the practices of the army leaders there.
American pressure on the Myanmar army
The two officials told the Financial Times that the Department of Homeland Security’s decision “will grant about 1,600 citizens of Myanmar, in Southeast Asia, protection status for an 18-month period.”
The temporary protection status also allows citizens whose countries of origin are considered insecure, the right to live and work in the United States, according to the same source.
As the Biden administration seeks to intensify pressure on the Myanmar junta, led by Min Aung Hling.
For its part, United Nations reports indicated that the Myanmar security forces have killed at least 70 peaceful demonstrators since the army seized power on 1 February.
On Wednesday, March 10, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a British statement condemning the use of violence against the demonstrators against the military coup in Myanmar, and demanding the army’s restraint.
In early February, leaders of the Myanmar army carried out a military coup, followed by the arrest of senior leaders in the country, including President Win Myint and Chancellor Aung San Sochi.
After the military coup, rejectionist popular demonstrations took place across the country, and the military administration announced the imposition of martial law in 7 districts of Yangon and Mandalay.
The coup army is insisting on power
On Thursday, March 11th, the Myanmar army announced that it would continue to remain in power until elections were held in which the reins of affairs would be handed over to an elected party, in statements made through a video clip, the Myanmar Army’s spokesman, Zaw Min Tun.
The same spokesman added that after elections in Myanmar, the army will hand over the administration of the country to the party that gets the most votes, without specifying the date for the elections.
In a related context, a spokesman for the Myanmar army said that Chancellor Aung San Sochi, and some members of its government, were involved in corruption.
He pointed out that Sochi had put pressure on the Central Elections Committee to falsify the results that were conducted in November 2020.
While the statements of the Myanmar army spokesman were condemned by activists, pointing to the armed forces’ attempt to place charges on the Chancellor, in order to extend the period of her detention.