The international community must be prepared to stand with the wishes of all the people of Myanmar and stand against all human rights abuses in the country—not just those that the opposition leader chooses to recognize.
President Joe Biden previously voiced his appreciation for McConnell's "helpful insights" on responding to the military coup in the Southeast Asian nation.
More than a dozen police trucks with four water cannons were deployed near Sule Pagoda in the capital, where many of pro-democracy protests have been taking place.
How President JoeBiden responds will be watched closely, by friend and foe alike.
Attempts by the U.S. State Department to contact deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is currently detained, were rejected.
The Mynamar military issued a coup against the country's elected leaders on Monday, prompting health care workers to mobilize widespread protests across the nation.
Nobody in the world who values human rights and the rule of law likes what is going on in the streets of Myanmar's capital city right now.
The military seized control early on Monday and announced a year-long state of emergency, accusing the civilian leadership of electoral fraud in the November election.
Tensions have risen between the pro-military party and the country's civilian government. The army challenged November's election, saying there was widespread voter fraud.
We used to pray for her. But last week I sat watching her in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, as she turned her back on my people.
The de facto head of Myanmar's government is headed to the International Court of Justice in The Hague to defend her country against charges of genocide.
In a meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi in 2013, during the outbreak of violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, Suu Kyi told them Prime Minister David Cameron, "They are not really Burmese. They are Bangladeshi."
"Aung San Suu Kyi has fallen so astonishingly far from being the darling of the EU that she now counts a meeting with Orban, the pariah of Europe, as an important accomplishment," Human Rights Watch said.
Arrests can't hide the horrors committed against the Rohingya from the world.
The sentences show a "further backsliding on rights under Aung San Suu Kyi's government."
Tillerson said violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority showed "characteristics of crimes against humanity."
The Irish singer-activist said he was "sick of what has happened in the last 12 months."
Nearly 90,000 Rohingya have sought refuge in Bangladesh in the past 10 days, fleeing the violence.
The U.N. is pushing for an enquiry into abuses against the Rohingya by the country's army.
Human rights groups said the army's actions could amount to crimes against humanity.