Myanmar. A year after the coup, a new, stronger international course is needed – UN expert

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GENEVA (1 February 2022) – A year after Myanmar’s military launched a coup, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar has released a video* featuring the voices of some people in Myanmar who have suffered a lot and who are taking action to defend their country.

Tom Andrews implored states to take stronger international action “before it’s too late”.

“Now is not the time for more rhetoric, it is time for meaningful action,” the UN expert said. “The international community must take strong and meaningful action to cut off the junta’s access to arms, funds and legitimacy.”

Andrews reiterated the urgent need for the UN Security Council to impose an arms embargo on the Myanmar military and stressed the need to dramatically increase the financial pressure on the junta, as many are doing in Myanmar with boycotts.

“The fact that a year has passed without a Security Council resolution imposing a full arms embargo – while arms continue to flow into the junta and kill innocent people – is unacceptable,” he said. declared. “The people of Myanmar deserve better from the United Nations.”

Andrews said he would soon release a report identifying the weapons that continue to flow into the junta’s arsenal and where they came from.

“The military junta operates like a criminal enterprise, committing murder, torture, kidnapping, forced displacement, while stealing revenue and seizing property that rightfully belongs to the people of Myanmar,” he said. “What’s worse is that they seem to be getting away with it. Their attacks continue unabated. The suffering of the Burmese people continues to increase.

“The past few months have seen an even greater escalation in violence and a now widespread campaign of terror across the country. I have received more reports of massacres, attacks on hospitals and humanitarian targets, as well as only bombings and burning of villages,” he added. .

“Despite great risk and immense hardship, the people of Myanmar are responding with courage, tenacity and an unwavering commitment to save their country and the future of their children. I am amazed at the resilience of the people of Myanmar. air raids, and mass arrests and torture, they continue to strike, protest, speak out and defend themselves. They need and deserve stronger support from the international community,” he said. .

“On this first anniversary of the military junta’s illegal coup, the best and worst of humanity is unfolding in Myanmar.

“As we mark this dark day and what amounts to a military occupation of Myanmar, may the international community and United Nations Member States offer not just words of concern, but strong action. The people of Myanmar do not deserve nothing less,” he added. he said.

ENDS

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Voice of Myanmar: UN Special Rapporteur on the Anniversary of the Illegal Military Coup

Remarks by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Tom Andrews, on the first anniversary of the illegal coup in Myanmar. The video also contains testimonies from people inside Myanmar that describe the dire human rights situation in the country.

Mr. Thomas Andrews (United States of America) is the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. A former U.S. congressman from Maine, Andrews is a senior Robina human rights scholar at Yale Law School and an associate of the Asia Center at Harvard University. He has worked with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and parliamentarians, NGOs and political parties in Cambodia, Indonesia, Algeria, Croatia, Serbia, Ukraine and Yemen. He has been a consultant for the National Union of Burma coalition government and the Euro-Burma Network and has led advocacy NGOs including Win Without War and United to End Genocide.

Special rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Comprising the largest body of independent experts in the United Nations human rights system, the Special Procedures are the general name for the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific national situations or issues themes in all regions of the world. Special Procedures experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent of any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.

UN Human Rights, country page – Burma

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