Democratic states should recognize Myanmar's National Unity Government

3rd May, 2021

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Protesters release balloons during the welcoming NUG campaign in Yangon on Apr. 17: many people in Myanmar support the NUG. © AP

Just days after Myanmar's junta chief met leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Jakarta and agreed to their call to halt violence in the country, reports of fatal attacks on at least six protesters indicate that security forces are still targeting civilians. Clearly, this is a rebuff of ASEAN's modest five-point proposal for a peaceful solution to Myanmar's crisis. It also adds urgency to the crucial question of who holds legitimate political authority in Naypyitaw.

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