HRC 50 – EU Intervention: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar

(Source: EEAS)

Mister President,

The European Union thanks the Special Rapporteur for his update and conference room paper.

We once again call on Myanmar to resume immediate cooperation with his mandate as well as with all other mechanisms put in place by the UN and grant them unrestricted access throughout the country.

Special Rapporteur,

As you stress in your paper, the military coup has led to proliferating violence which has had devastating consequences for children. Their rights must be respected, protected, and fulfilled, starting with the basic right to live. Instead, children are not only caught in the crossfire of the military junta’s violent attacks against the people of Myanmar, but they are also targets. Children are taken hostage, recruited, and tortured in detention, while their right to education is blatantly violated. Girls are particularly exposed to human trafficking, sexual exploitation, sexual violence and forced marriages.  Indeed, without a prompt return to the path of democracy and concerted remedial action, a generation of Myanmar’s children will remain deprived of their human rights.

Mr President,

The EU strongly condemns the military coup and all past and ongoing human rights violations and abuses and other violations of international law, including international human rights law, and calls for justice and full accountability for perpetrators. The EU reiterates its calls for full, safe and unimpeded humanitarian access to all persons in need.

Special Rapporteur,

How can the various stakeholders improve their collaboration to ensure the broadest impact possible for advancing children’s human rights on the ground?

Thank you.

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