UN Human Rights Council 49th Regular Session
28 February to 1 April 2022
Interactive dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Myanmar
Statement by Meezaan Center for Human Rights
Delivered by Lian Martínez Moya
Thank you, President,
We welcome the updates provided by the Special Rapporteur and thank him for his engagement on the protection of human rights in Myanmar. One year after the coup in February 2021, the escalation of the conflict has endured a grave deterioration of human rights.
Since their seizure of power, the Tatmadaw has been routinely committing extrajudicial killings, sexual and gender-based violence, mass arbitrary arrests, torture and other atrocities with total impunity. Most recently, the airstrikes and the use of heavy weapons by the military against civilians have caused the displacement of thousands of people who are now urgently in need of humanitarian assistance.
We must not forget that the same military that perpetrated genocide against the Rohingya in 2017 and serious violations against ethnic communities is now committing crimes against humanity and war crimes across the country. Thus, hundreds of thousands of people have fled to the neighbouring country of Bangladesh and relocated in refugee camps, facing precarious conditions worsened by the pandemic, with fires, floodings and security issues. Despite these flagrant abuses, the people of Myanmar have shown resilience and a strong will to restore democracy. For this, the international community’s support is crucial to hold the junta accountable.
Meezaan and Geneva International Centre for Justice call for full accountability for the violations that have been and continue to be committed in the country. Mr. Special Rapporteur, what can you do to help bring justice and finally end impunity for the genocide carried out by the Myanmar military?