Item 4 - Interactive Dialogue on HC report on Myanmar (res. 46/21) (21.03.22)

Statement on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries during the Interactive dialogue on High Commissioner’s report on Myanmar delivered by Lithuania on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden)

21 March 2022, 49th session of the Human Rights Council

I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries.

We strongly support the work of the High Commissioner and her office, and thank for the comprehensive report.

The Nordic-Baltic countries continue to condemn the military coup in the strongest terms and reiterate our call on the military to respect the human rights and democratic wishes of the people of Myanmar.

We express our grave concerns about the increasing level of violence and repression across the country and call upon the Myanmar military leadership to immediately end all forms of violence, including sexual and gender based violence, release all those arbitrarily detained, to end discrimination of persons belonging to ethnic and religious minorities, including Rohyingas and to fully respect and protect human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law.

We urge to ensure accountability as well as to end impunity for all international crimes and human rights violations and abuses. We also urge Myanmar to fully cooperate with the UN human rights and international mechanisms.

The Nordic-Baltic countries continue to support the efforts of the ASEAN Special Envoy and the UN Special Envoy to find a peaceful solution to the crisis through meaningful and truly inclusive dialogue, and stand in solidarity with Myanmar people.

Madam High Commissioner,

How can we better address the consequences of the brutal repression by ensuring protection of civilians, accountability and redress for victims?