UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar (oral progress report)
6 July 2023
We thank the Special Rapporteur for his update and his work.
The situation in Myanmar shows no sign of improvement.
Persons belonging to ethnic and religious minorities are particularly affected by the Myanmar military’s continuous violations of international law, including international human rights law, some of which may amount to international crimes.
The EU strongly condemns the violence inflicted on civilians, including human rights defenders. We call for the end of all acts of violence, the immediate and unconditional release of all those detained in relation to the coup, The EU further calls for full, safe and unimpeded humanitarian access to all in need and for respect of the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence in the delivery of humanitarian assistance.
We echo the concerns raised by the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar regarding the situation of Rohingya refugees. We stress the importance of ensuring that the return of refugees and IDPs is voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable, and in line with international standards. These conditions are currently not met.
What are the risks posed by return efforts under the present conditions in Myanmar? Aside fromstopping the sale of arms to the military regime, how can the international community, and in particular regional organisations best contribute to conditions for an inclusive dialogue of stakeholders directed at the restoration of the path to democracy and the rule of law?