Item 2: ID on report of Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar (13.10.21)

48th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Item 2 - Interactive Dialogue on report of Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar

Statement delivered on behalf of Nordic and Baltic Countries by H.E. Ambassador

Kirsti Kauppi

13 September 2021

Madam President,

I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries, Estonia, Denmark, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden and my own country, Finland.

We welcome the report of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar. We reiterate our strong support for its mandate.

We commend the Mechanism for adapting to an environment disrupted by Covid-19.

The Mechanism’s preliminary analysis indicates that crimes against humanity have likely been committed since the Military coup in February. Today, the human rights situation continues to deteriorate. This is deeply concerning. We join the call of the Mechanism, the UN Secretary-General and the High Commissioner to respect human rights and end the violence in Myanmar.

There can be no lasting peace or meaningful enjoyment of human rights in a society without ensuring accountability. In this regard, the Myanmar armed forces must immediately halt the use of violence against civilians. Investigating sexual and gender-based crimes and crimes against children remains our priority

We call on all relevant parties to cooperate with the Mechanism.

I thank you.