The situation in Myanmar has deteriorated dramatically in the last year, and across the country the military has committed wide-ranging human rights violations. The severity of the situation cannot be understated. Myanmar today increasingly resembles the Myanmar of old. The civilian government, while holding no formal power over the military, has failed to curb the violence, and instead has often fostered rather than challenged impunity and discrimination. At the upcoming session, the UN Human Rights Council must send a clear message to Myanmar’s leaders that human rights violations – both past and ongoing – will not go unpunished.
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