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HRC41: Denmark continues to be deeply concerned by the grave human rights violations committed by Myanmar’s security forces

03.07.2019  10:39

UN Human Rights Council
 41st Session
Interactive dialogue with SR on Myanmar, 3 July 2019
Intervention by Denmark
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Mr President,
Denmark aligns itself with the EU statement and reiterates its call on Myanmar’s Government to resume its cooperation with the Special Rapporteur and address the challenges on the ground.
We continue to be deeply concerned by the grave human rights violations committed by Myanmar’s security forces in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan states, and elsewhere. Less than two years after its grave human rights violations against the Rohingya population in Rakhine, violations are taking place in the conflict with the Arakan Army in Rakhine. The military must stop these violations and guarantee the protection of all civilians affected by conflict.
The release of Reuter’s journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo was welcome, but does not change the fact that media freedom and freedom of expression is under threat in Myanmar. The release by the Military justice system, after only a few months in prison, of the soldiers who carried out the Inn Din massacre, does not strengthen the credibility of Myanmar’s claims that it will hold those proven responsible for atrocities to account.
We urge the Government of Myanmar to pursue accountability and ensure the independence of its domestic accountability processes. A failure of the so-called Independent Commission of Enquiry to produce a credible, objective assessment will not serve Myanmar’s interests. The Commission must be granted, and it must pursue, full independence and objectivity in its work.
I would be interested in hearing from the Special Rapporteur how the Council can continue to support her work in the best possible way?
Thank you.



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