Oral statement for the interactive dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights Myanmar

Press release

Mr. President, Madam Special Rapporteur,

FIDH and its member organization ALTSEAN-Burma thank you for your report. Despite holding a historic general election in November 2015, Myanmar remains mired in serious human rights challenges that need to be fully addressed and resolved.

We reiterate our serious concern about the situation of the Rohingya community and other ethnic and religious minorities, including instances of violence, discrimination and other abuses against them, and we urge the government to end arbitrary arrests and detentions, forced displacement, attacks against civilians in ethnic minority areas, including rape and other forms of sexual violence, torture and ill-treatment, arbitrary deprivation of property, and other violations of international humanitarian law.

We urge the government, once again, to take all necessary measures to end impunity and to create and maintain a safe and enabling environment for civil society and human rights defenders. The authorities should also ensure that the judiciary exists as a separate and independent branch.

Mr. President,

As long as ongoing and systemic human rights issues have not been addressed, the Human Rights Council should maintain its ability to monitor the human rights situation, work with the authorities on a concrete reform agenda, and work towards the establishment of an OHCHR country office with a full mandate. We call upon the Council to extend the mandate of the Special Rapporteur, request her to include in her next report recommendations concerning ongoing human rights violations, a time-bound action plan for their implementation, and benchmarks to objectively assess progress, and continue to review the human rights situation in the country.

Thank you for your attention.

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