Item 4 - Interactive dialogue on OHCHR report on Myanmar (HRC res. 46/21) (NB8 Lithuania 22.09.2022)

Human Rights Council 51st session

Interactive dialogue on OHCHR report on Myanmar (HRC res. 46/21)

Statement of the Nordic – Baltic States (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden and Lithuania)

Delivered by the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Lithuania Ambassador Darius Staniulis

22 September 2022

Thank you, Mr. President,

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

We highly value the work of the Office of the High Commissioner and appreciate its latest report.

Attacks directed against the Myanmar people continue, as the perpetrators remain unpunished.

The Nordic-Baltic countries condemn in the strongest possible terms the military coup and the military’s actions since, leading Myanmar towards a deep and multidimensional crisis.

We reiterate our call on military and security forces to immediately cease all violence and attacks against the people of Myanmar, release all those arbitrarily detained, discontinue politically motivated prosecutions and permanently halt the imposition of the death penalty.

We echo the recommendations of the OHCHR and the repeated calls of the people of Myanmar to isolate the military authorities and implement effective targeted sanctions, including on those arms transfers that enable them to continue perpetrating the crimes.

The Nordic-Baltic states remain in full solidarity with the Myanmar people not least those who continue to protest and oppose the regime despite enormous threats to their lives.

What measures could be taken to enhance regional cooperation helping to prevent violence and ensure accountability?

I thank you.