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HRC40: Statement by Denmark on the Interactive dialogue with SR on Myanmar.

UN Human Rights Council 
40th Session
Interactive dialogue with SR on Myanmar, 11 March 2019
Intervention by Denmark

Thank you, Mr President
Denmark aligns itself with the EU statement.
We thank the Special Rapporteur for her presentation and regret that the Government of Myanmar maintains its refusal to collaborate with the mandate. 
Denmark continues to be deeply concerned by the grave human rights violations committed by Myanmar’s security forces in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan states and elsewhere. The perpetrators must be brought to justice in a court of law.

We note the work of the Commission of Enquiry set up to “investigate allegations of human rights violations” and reiterate our call on the Government to ensure that it can work with full independence, with the necessary technical expertise and in line with international principles.

Ultimately, only a legal process can provide justice to the victims and hold those responsible to account. We are pleased to note the ongoing efforts to establish the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar as an important step towards redress for the victims and accountability for the perpetrators. We will closely follow the process to make the mechanism operational and urge the Government of Myanmar to cooperate with the Mechanism.

Denmark is concerned by the limited space for independent media. We have previously raised the case of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo who uncovered atrocities carried out by Myanmar’s military in northern Rakhine as a case in point. We call for their immediate release. We also call upon the Government to step up actions to combat hate speech and incitement to violence and hatred.

We are equally concerned with the crackdown on peaceful demonstrators who call for an end to armed conflict or otherwise use peaceful means to show their dissent. This should be a thing of the past, not frequent occurrences under Myanmar’s first democratically elected government in decades.
In closing, we would like to ask the UN Special Rapporteur about her views on how the Council and its members can best support her work.
Thank you