International lawmakers call for the immediate and unconditional release of their Myanmar colleagues, and for democracy to be upheld | statement prepared by ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR)

We, the undersigned parliamentarians from across the world express our solidarity with the elected representatives of Myanmar’s Parliament, call for the immediate and unconditional release of our colleagues, as well as all those arbitrarily detained since the February 1 coup, and for democracy and the rule of law to be upheld in Myanmar.

On 1 February, the day Myanmar’s new parliament was scheduled to open, the military junta staged a coup and grabbed all legislative, executive, and judicial powers. Since then, it has unleashed a campaign of terror and violence against the Myanmar people as part of efforts to crack down on peaceful pro-democracy demonstrations that have swept the country.

As of 21 March, at least 250 people have been killed, and 2,665 arrested, sentenced, or charged since the coup, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).

At least 60 of those detained are fellow elected parliamentarians including the State Counsellor, President and Vice President, Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Chief Ministers, and Union and regional-level Members of Parliament.

Most have not been seen for almost two months as they are detained in unknown locations, without charge or access to their lawyers, increasing risks of torture and ill-treatment. Some are detained in military barracks, such as tactical command centers.

The military junta has also issued arrest warrants against members of the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) who, days after the coup, took an oath pledging to continue carrying out their mandate as representatives of the people.

Their only crime is to have been elected by the people of Myanmar to serve in Parliament. As global parliamentarians, we therefore support our colleagues’ efforts to protect the institution of the Parliament and to fulfill the mandates entrusted to them by the people in the November 2020 election.

Parliaments are the cornerstone of democracy and essential to attaining peace, development and protecting human rights. The duly elected Members of Parliament of Myanmar must be reinstated and Parliament be convened as soon as possible to allow them to conduct their mandate freely and without fear of reprisal.

We urge the international community and our respective governments to not lend recognition or legitimacy to the brutal Myanmar military regime and instead support us in our efforts, by establishing a comprehensive response to the crisis in Myanmar that ensures its military junta:

  • Immediately ends the use of violence against peaceful protesters and respects the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly;
  • Abides by the democratic will of the Myanmar people and the rule of law;
  • Immediately and unconditionally releases all those arbitrarily detained; and
  • Allows Parliament to resume and elected MPs to fulfil their mandate without impediment.


  1. Abel Pires Da Silva (Timor-Leste)
  2. Abigail Boyd (Australia)
  3. Adam Bandt (Australia)
  4. Agnes Jongerius (European Parliament)
  5. Agnieszka Brugger (Germany)
  6. Ahmad Hassan (Malaysia)
  7. Alexander Kulitz (Germany)
  8. Alviina Alametsä (European Parliament)
  9. Andre Hahn (Germany)
  10. Andrey Kovatchev (European Parliament)
  11. Anna Cinzia Bonfrisco (European Parliament)
  12. Arlene Brosas (Philippines)
  13. Azman Ismail (Malaysia)
  14. Baru Bian (Malaysia)
  15. Beate Müller-Gemmeke (Germany)
  16. Bencha Saengchantra (Thailand)
  17. Benoît Biteau (European Parliament)
  18. Bernard Guetta (European Parliament)
  19. Bob Zimmer (Canada)
  20. Brad Redekopp (Canada)
  21. Britta Haßelmann (Germany)
  22. Bruce Stanton (Canada)
  23. Canan Bayram (Germany)
  24. Carles Puigdemont i Casamajó (European Parliament)
  25. Carlos Isagani Zarate (Philippines)
  26. Caroline Roose (European Parliament)
  27. Cassy O’Connor (Australia)
  28. Cate Faehrmann (Australia)
  29. Cem Özdemir (Germany)
  30. Chan Foong Hin (Malaysia)
  31. Chan Ming Kai (Malaysia)
  32. Charles Santiago (Malaysia)
  33. Chavalit Laohaudomphan (Thailand)
  34. Chris Kühn (Germany)
  35. Claude Gruffat (European Union)
  36. Claudia Mueller (Germany)
  37. Damien Carême (European Parliament)
  38. Daniela Wagner (Germany)
  39. Danyal Beyaz (Germany)
  40. David Cormand (European Parliament)
  41. Dennis Patterson (Canada)
  42. Diane Griffin (Canada)
  43. Dieter Janecek (Germany)
  44. Dimitrios Papadimoulis (European Parliament)
  45. Ekin Deliögz (Germany)
  46. Ellen Sandell (Australia)
  47. Fahmi Fadzil (Malaysia)
  48. Ferdinand Gaite (Philippines)
  49. Filiz Polat (Germany)
  50. France Castro (Philippines)
  51. François Alfonsi (European Parliament)
  52. Frank Müller-Rosentritt (Germany)
  53. Franziska Brantner (Germany)
  54. Frithjof Schmidt (Germany)
  55. Gabriele Katzmarek (Germany)
  56. Gorka Elejabarrieta Diaz (Spain)
  57. Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield (European Parliament)
  58. Gyde Jensen (Germany)
  59. Harald Ebner (Germany)
  60. Hasanuddin Mohd Yunus (Malaysia)
  61. Heidi Hautala (European Parliament)
  62. Helmut Scholz (European Parliament)
  63. Ignazio Corrao (European Parliament)
  64. Inese Vaidere (European Parliament)
  65. Irene Mihalic (Germany)
  66. Irine Yusiana Roba Putri (Indonesia)
  67. Jamie Parker (Australia)
  68. Janet Rice (Australia)
  69. Janelle Saffin (Australia)
  70. Javier Nart (European Parliament)
  71. Jennifer O’Connell (Canada)
  72. Jenny Leong (Australia)
  73. Johann Saathoff (Germany)
  74. John Nater (Canada)
  75. Jordi Solé i Ferrando (European Parliament)
  76. Jürgen Trittin (Germany)
  77. Kai Gehring (Germany)
  78. Karen Mechior (European Parliament)
  79. Karima Delli (European Parliament)
  80. Kasthuri Pato (Malaysia)
  81. Katharina Dröge (Germany)
  82. Kelvin Yi (Malaysia(
  83. Khalid Abd Samad (Malaysia)
  84. Khoo Poay Tiong (Malaysia)
  85. Konstantin von Notz (Germany)
  86. Larissa Waters (Australia)
  87. Lars Castelluci (Germany)
  88. Lee Boon Chye (Malaysia)
  89. Leila Chaibi (European Parliament)
  90. Lenore Zann (Canada)
  91. Lidia Martins (Timor-Leste)
  92. Lisa Badum (Germany)
  93. Lukas Köhler (Germany)
  94. M Kula Segaran (Malaysia)
  95. Mahathir Mohamed (Malaysia)
  96. Margarete Bause (Germany)
  97. Margit Stumpp (Germany)
  98. Maria Abdullah Chin (Malaysia)
  99. Marie Toussaint (European Parliament)
  100. Marie-Pierre Vedrenne (European Parliament)
  101. Marilou McPhedran (Canada)
  102. Mercy Chriesty Barends (Indonesia)
  103. Michael Kram (Canada)
  104. Michele Rivasi (European Parliament)
  105. Miguel Urbán Crespo (European Parliament)
  106. Mounir Satouri (European Parliament)
  107. Nathalie Loiseau (European Parliament)
  108. Nathaniel Erskine-Smith (Canada)
  109. Natrah Ismail (Malaysia)
  110. Nattacha Boonchaiinsawat (Thailand)
  111. Natthaphong Ruengpanyawut (Thailand)
  112. Nelly Shin (Canada)
  113. Ngeh Koo Ham (Malaysia)
  114. Nick McKim (Australia)
  115. Niklas Nienaß (European Parliament)
  116. Nitipon Piwmow (Thailand)
  117. Nor Azrina Nurin Aina (Malaysia)
  118. Nurual Izzah Anwar (Malaysia)
  119. Nutthawut Buaprathum (Thailand)
  120. Ola Elvestuen (Norway)
  121. Omid Nouripour (Germany)
  122. Ong Kian Ming (Malaysia)
  123. Ottmar von Holtz (Germany)
  124. Padipat Sunthipada (Thailand)
  125. Pakornwut Udompipatskul (Thailand)
  126. Parinya Chuaigate Keereerut (Thailand)
  127. Pernando Barrena Arza (European Parliament)
  128. Pierre J. Dalphond (Canada)
  129. Pita Limjaroenrat (Thailand)
  130. Prasertpong Sornnuvatara (Thailand)
  131. Rachel Siewer (Australia)
  132. Raphaël Glucksmann (European Parliament)
  133. Ratna Omidvar (Canada)
  134. Reinhard Buetikofer (European Parliament)
  135. Renate Künast (Germany)
  136. Dr Rosalie Woodruff (Australia)
  137. Rushanara Ali (UK)
  138. Salima Yenbou (European Parliament)
  139. Salima Ataullahjan (Canada)
  140. Sara Matthieu (European Parliament)
  141. Sarah Jane Elago (Philippines)
  142. Saskia Bricmont (European Parliament)
  143. Sim Tze Tzin (Malaysia)
  144. Sirikanya Tansakun (Thailand)
  145. Sivarasa Rasiah (Malaysia)
  146. Soraya Rodríguez Ramos (European Parliament)
  147. Stefan Gelbhaar (Germany)
  148. Stefan Schmidt (Germany)
  149. Steffi Lemke (Germany)
  150. Suttawan Suban Na Ayuthaya (Thailand)
  151. Sven Lehmann (Germany)
  152. Sven-Christian Kindler (Germany)
  153. Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (Malaysia)
  154. Sylvia Kotting-Uhl (Germany)
  155. Sylvie Guillaume (European Parliament)
  156. Tabea Rößner (Germany)
  157. Tamara Smith (Australia)
  158. Tammy Franks (Australia)
  159. Taopiphop Limjittrakorn (Thailand)
  160. Teo Nie Ching (Malaysia)
  161. Teerajchai Phunthumas (Thailand)
  162. Teresa Kok (Malaysia)
  163. Thanh Hai Ngo (Canada)
  164. Tobias Lindner (Germany)
  165. Tom Vandenkendelaere (European Parliament)
  166. Ulle Schauws (Germany)
  167. Urmas Paet (European Parliament)
  168. Uwe Kekeritz (Germany)
  169. Uwe Schmidt (Germany)
  170. Vanlalvena Khawlhring (India)
  171. Wanvipa Maison (Thailand)
  172. Wilfred Madius Tangau (Malaysia)
  173. Wong Chen (Malaysia)
  174. Wong Ling Biu (Malaysia)
  175. Wong Tack (Malaysia)
  176. Woraphop Viriyaroj (Thailand)
  177. Yannick Jadot (European Parliament)

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