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Intervention by Estonia at the UN Human Rights Council 36th Session under Item 4 in Interactive Dialogue with the Fact Finding Mission on the situation of Human Rights in Myanmar

19.09.2017

UN Human Rights Council 36th Session


Intervention by ESTONIA


Item 4 – Interactive Dialogue with the Fact Finding Mission on the situation of human rights in Myanmar


Geneva, 19 September 2017

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Mr. President,


Estonia fully aligns itself with the statement made by the EU. We would like to thank the Fact Finding Mission for their first oral update on the situation of human rights in Myanmar.


We reiterate our worries about the ongoing conflict in parts of the country and reports of violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.


Estonia condemns the attacks of 25 August, as we condemn the escalation of violence in the Rakhine State, in particular the excesses during security operations by Myanmar’s security forces.  Suffering caused to the Rohingya community, including extrajudicial killings, forced displacements, and widespread burning of Rohingya villages has left many of the Rohingya population fleeing, and becoming internally displaced persons or refugees in the neighboring Bangladesh.  We call upon the Government of Myanmar to grant and facilitate a safe voluntary return of displaced Rohingya civilians. It is of upmost importance to provide unrestricted access for humanitarian aid workers to the vulnerable people in Rakhine State, in order to prevent a further deterioration of the serious humanitarian situation.


Mr President,


Estonia welcomes the creation of the independent international fact-finding mission on Myanmar at the Human Rights Council 34th session. We encourage the Government of Myanmar to cooperate fully with the mission, including by granting the mission full and unrestricted access to all areas of the country. Cooperation with the mission will assist the government’s commitment to upholding the rule of law and holding accountable those responsible for human rights violations. We also call upon Myanmar to take urgent and meaningful steps to implement the recommendations of the Advisory Commission led by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.


Thank you.

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