Continued call for urgent and decisive action on Myanmar from the international community: 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council

Published on 09 Nov 2021, 10:23 AM

Myanmar: Tatmadaw driving the country into multi-dimensional catastrophe

Protest in Myanmar on 14 February 2021 against Military Coup. Photo credit: MgHla (aka) Htin Linn Aye

Since the coup on 1st February 2021, situation in Myanmar has been deteriorating day by day. More than 1200 people have been killed, including children and medical staff, and thousands of people arbitrarily detained. Tatmadaw’s offensive, including airstrikes and artillery shelling, has displaced some 200,000 and re-ignited conflicts in several States.

In her report presented to the 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), the UN High Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet noted “For decades, the Tatmadaw has committed gross human rights violations with impunity, including alleged international crimes against ethnic minorities” and the recent “coup has evolved into a human rights catastrophe that shows no signs of abating”. Evidence of systematic and widespread killings, sexual violence, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, and torture committed by the Tatmadaw has been mounting, including those presented to the 48th session of the HRC by the High Commissioner, the Independent Investigative Mechanism on Myanmar (IIMM) and the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. While decisive actions are yet to be taken by the international community, the Tatmadaw has further driven the country into a multi-dimensional political, economic, human rights and humanitarian crisis.

Words of concern or condemnation are not enough. In order to save the lives and futures of the people of Myanmar, all the reports and evidence provided to the HRC must be acted on. The actions recommended by the UN High Commissioner, IIMM and the Special Rapporteur are the requisite minimum. Military impunity and acts of atrocity must be ended immediately, all perpetrators held to account, and humanitarian assistance urgently delivered.

The Centre has continued its call for urgent action on Myanmar by the international community at the 48th session of the HRC.

For more please read the Centre's written statement, or watch the oral statement for the Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Investigative Mechanism on Myanmar (IIMM) on 13 September 2021 (find text here) and the oral statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, 23 September 2021 (find text here).

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