Answer to Written Question: Detention of journalists in Myanmar, including Robert Bociaga
(Source: European Parliament)
Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Borrell
on behalf of the European Commission
The EU condemns the military coup in Myanmar in the strongest terms. The EU calls upon the military authorities to immediately release all those detained in connection with the coup, end the state of emergency and restore the legitimate civilian Government.
In its Council Conclusions of 22 February 2021, the European Union underlined that ‘…the freedoms of expression, association, and assembly, and access to information guaranteed [must be ensured]’ and stated that it ‘is deeply concerned about reports of intimidation. Strong engagement with civil society and support for human rights defenders and journalists will remain a key priority’.
The EU follows closely the situation of journalists, but also of human rights activists, who are threatened, arbitrarily arrested and detained by the military authorities. It has activated mechanisms to support them both inside Myanmar and by assisting them in relocating into neighbouring countries.
The EU followed also the case of Robert Bociaga, who was detained by security forces on 12 March 2021, in close cooperation with the German Embassy who provides consular assistance to Polish citizens. He was later released and safely left Myanmar on 25 March 2021. The EU is not aware of other EU citizens currently detained in Myanmar in connection with the military coup.