As adopted by senate, February 11, 2021
senate Resolution No.13
Senators Bizon and Chang offered the following resolution:
Whereas, On February 1, Myanmar's military seized control of the nation's government and detained the democratically elected civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. Suu Kyi and other prominent members of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) were taken into custody at gunpoint. The U.S. State Department has officially declared the takeover a coup d'etat; and
Whereas, Since taking power, the military has assailed the basic rights of a free society, including the freedoms of speech, assembly, and religion, and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances. Prominent members of civil society, including monks and artists, have been detained while other activists have gone into hiding out of fear that they would be targeted. Soldiers have indicated those who participate in protests would be arrested; and
Whereas, These freedoms, along with the right to free and fair elections, are crucial to any free society. This coup d'etat threatens Myanmar's recent progress after transitioning out of military rule and holding its first elections in 2015; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate, That we stand with the Burmese communities of Battle Creek and Springfield in supporting democracy and opposing military coups; and be it further
Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the President of the United States, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the President of the United States Senate, the members of the Michigan congressional delegation, and the Burma Center.