Item 4 - Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar. NB8 Demark (20.03.2023)

52nd session of the Human Rights Council

Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights situation in Myanmar

Intervention by Denmark on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic States

Thank you, President.

I deliver this statement on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic States.

We thank the Special Rapporteur for his update on the deeply concerning situation in Myanmar. We strongly support his mandate.

We continue to condemn the military coup in the strongest possible terms and reiterate our call on the military to immediately end all forms of violence and abuses, including sexual and gender based violence, against the people of Myanmar, including children. We call on the military junta to end the systematic intimidation and reprisals against the people of Myanmar for exercising their human rights and fundamental freedoms. Furthermore, we call for the immediate and unconditional release of all those arbitrarily detained – including children, political leaders, journalists, human rights defenders, and others. We are deeply concerned over the deteriorating humanitarian crisis, and we call for unimpeded access of humanitarian assistance to all parts of the country without discrimination.

Special Rapporteur,

We are witnessing a prolonged crisis in which the military carries out actions against its own people which there are reasonable grounds to believe amount to serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. Some of these may – as you point out - amount to international crimes.

Ensuring that the perpetrators of these crimes are held accountable remains a critical task.

Special Rapporteur,

How can the international community at this time best support the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons in Myanmar?