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Item 4 – Interactive Dialoguewith the Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in Myanmar

44th session of the Human Rights Council - Item 4 – Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in Myanmar.

Statement delivered by Minister Counsellor Anniken Enersen

 

14 July 2020

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Norway welcomes the new Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Mr. Thomas Andrews. We thank him for his briefing.

Tatmadaw’s declaration of ceasefire is a positive step. Echoing Secretary-General Guterres’ plea for global ceasefires to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, we call for all parts of Myanmar to be included. We call on the authorities in Myanmar to ensure the full protection of all civilians without discrimination and to ensure full and unhindered humanitarian access in Rakhine as well as Kachin and Shan States.

Access to reliable information is of vital importance, especially when facing a global pandemic. We commend Myanmar for initiating efforts to counter hate speech and misinformation, and encourage parallel efforts to ensure that freedom of expression is safeguarded.

We remain concerned about the internet shutdown in parts of Rakhine and Chin states and urge the government of Myanmar to end these restrictions. We call on Myanmar to ensure that this year’s elections are free, fair and inclusive, also in conflict areas.

Those responsible for atrocities must be held accountable through credible national or international criminal justice mechanisms.

It is significant that Myanmar has decided to engage in the case before the International Court of Justice. We expect Myanmar to fully implement the provisional measures ordered by the ICJ.