According to the report, Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade recommends as follows:
- Australian Government continue to pursue the restoration of civilian rule in Myanmar as a foreign policy objective.
- Australian Government formally engage with groups and individuals representing the legitimately-elected representatives of Myanmar, including the CRPH and the National Unity Government.
- The Committee, whilst acknowledging that Australia has legitimate national interests which will require contact with the Tatmadaw, urges that such liaison be highly selective, and that care be taken to avoid conveying any sense of legitimacy to military rule in Myanmar. The Committee further endorses the Government’s decision to suspend defence cooperation with Myanmar.
- Australia continue to liaise closely with ASEAN countries and find ways to encourage and support ASEAN efforts to restore civilian rule to Myanmar, including implementation of ASEAN’s five-point consensus on Myanmar.
- Australian Government ensures our development assistance program to Myanmar supports basic humanitarian needs and civil society and is directed through non- government organisations and multilateral partners, and not through government entities. This should include the development of a medium to longer term plan for ongoing humanitarian assistance.
- Australian Government explores pathways to permanent residency for Myanmar nationals in Australia given the uncertain situation they face in Myanmar.
- Australian Government further consider imposing targeted sanctions upon additional senior figures in the Tatmadaw and Tatmadaw-linked entities, including MEC and MEHL, who have played a role in the overthrow of democracy and subsequent violent repression of protests.
- Australian Government actively contribute to international discussions regarding a possible global arms embargo against Myanmar, and/or the expansion of the number of countries imposing unilateral arms embargoes.
- Australian Government support UN and multilateral efforts to: hold leaders of the Tatmadaw to account; investigate serious human rights violations; deter further violent repression; and restore civilian democratic rule. This includes support for the UN Special Envoy on Myanmar and for the UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar.
Full report by Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade is available here: https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/download/committees/reportjnt/024724/toc_pdf/Australia\’sresponsetothecoupinMyanmar.pdf;fileType=application%2Fpdf