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Item 4: ID with SR on Myanmar

Item 4: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar. Statement by Norway on 11 March 2019, as delivered by Minister Counsellor Herborg Alvsaaker.

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Thank you, Ms. Yanghee Lee, for your briefing and report.

The human rights violations detailed in the report are serious; especially the gender-based violence and violence against children.

 

We commend the establishment of a committee tasked with amending the constitution. 

Norway deeply regrets the verdict against the journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. We call on Myanmar to uphold freedom of the press.

 

We call on the authorities in Myanmar to ensure the full protection of all civilians without discrimination and fulfill the obligation to ensure humanitarian access in Rakhine as well as Kachin and Shan States.

 

Norway welcomes the four-month unilateral ceasefire declared by the Myanmar armed forces and calls for an extension beyond four months and inclusion of Rakhine State.

Myanmar must implement the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State. Norway is prepared to continue our assistance in the implementation efforts.

Those responsible for violations of international law, including human rights violations and abuses must be held accountable through credible national or international criminal justice mechanisms.

 

The Governments of Myanmar, Bangladesh, the UN and regional actors must work together to ensure the safe, voluntary and dignified return of all refugees. 

The conflict in Rakhine State can only be solved through dialogue and an inclusive political process.

 

Finally, we encourage the government of Myanmar to resume cooperation with the Special Rapporteur. Norway supports extending her mandate.

We call for the government of Myanmar to cooperate with the Independent Investigative Mechanism.

Norway also welcomes the appointment by the Secretary-General of a special envoy, the cooperation of the government of Myanmar with the special envoy and the opening of her office in Nay Pyi Taw.