Item 4 - Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar (oral progress report). NB8 Denmark (6.07.2023)

53rd 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

6 July 2023

Thank you, President.

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

We thank the Special Rapporteur for his update and reiterate our firm support for his mandate.

The Nordic-Baltic States are deeply troubled by reports of an intensification of violence, indiscriminate attacks, persecution of perceived opponents, systemic discrimination against Rohingya and other minorities and the disregard for human rights. Ensuring that the perpetrators of these crimes are held accountable remains a critical task. Therefore, we continue to support the important work carried out by the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar.

The recent cyclone Mocha has only exacerbated the already existing immense humanitarian needs of the affected population. We express our grave concern over the growing access constraints, particularly in the wake of the cyclone, and we call for full, safe, rapid and unhindered humanitarian access to reach those who are suffering, with the assistance needed.

Furthermore, we cannot turn a blind eye to the deteriorating situation for women and girls. The alarming reports of sexual and gender-based violence, discrimination, and lack of access to healthcare and education are deeply distressing. We stand in solidarity with the women and girls of Myanmar and emphasize the urgent need for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in all aspects of society.

Special Rapporteur,

What is your view on the potential complicity of the countries that continue to supply the Myanmar military with heavy weapons that are used for suppression and human rights violations?