Inaction Will Enable Further Abuse of Vulnerable Rohingya
(New York) – The United Nations Security Council should take prompt, concerted, and effective international action to respond to Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis, Human Rights Watch and 80 other nongovernmental organizations said today in a joint appeal to the council.
Index Number: ASA 16/7503/2017
We, a global coalition of 88 civil society organizations, urgently call upon UN member states to take immediate steps to address the human rights abuses and humanitarian catastrophe engulfing Myanmar's ethnic Rohingya population. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein have described the Myanmar security forces' ongoing campaign against the Rohingya in northern Rakhine State as ethnic cleansing.
To: Member and Observer states of the UN Human Rights Council
Subject: Urgent action needed on Myanmar
Index: ASA 16/6130/2017
Dear Your Excellency,
We, the undersigned, call on States, including the United States, United Kingdom and the member states of the European Union, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to strongly encourage the Myanmar government to fully cooperate with the forthcoming Fact-Finding Mission into the human rights situation in Rakhine State, as well as active conflict areas in Kachin State and northern Shan State, as recently mandated by the United Nations Human Rights Council.
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20 April 2017
Joint statement by 22 national and international non-governmental organizations
On the occasion of the third anniversary of the death of U Win Tin, 22 organizations are calling for the immediate release of all individuals detained or imprisoned on fabricated, politically motivated charges, and for the establishment of an independent and effective prisoner review mechanism to bring about an end to arbitrary arrests and detentions in Myanmar.
Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council
Geneva, 3 March 2017
RE: UN-MANDATED INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY OR SIMILAR INTERNTIONAL MECHANISM TO INVESTIGATE SERIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN RAKHINE STATE, MYANMAR
Re: Joint NGO Letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres about the situation in Myanmar's Rakhine State
ALTSEAN-Burma, Amnesty International, Article 19, Civil Rights Defenders (CRD), Forum-Asia, and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) are concerned that the European Union (EU) may not introduce a new resolution on the situation of human rights in Myanmar at the upcoming 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). This is despite the fact that many human rights concerns raised in previous resolutions remain.
The Burmese authorities have failed to implement most of the recommendations from previous United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolutions, in particular Resolution 68/242, adopted in 2013. In some areas, the situation has deteriorated as a result of deliberate actions by the authorities. This briefer summarizes developments on the ground with direct reference to key paragraphs of the resolution.
In this open letter to the EU ahead of the COHOM meeting 1-2 September 2014, Amnesty International, FIDH and its member organization, the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma today call on the European Union and its member states to ensure continued international engagement on the human rights situation in Myanmar by again introducing a resolution on the country at the upcoming United Nations General Assembly in October 2014. A failure to retain a robust UNGA resolution on Myanmar would endanger progress on human rights, which has increasingly come under threat this year.
Three years ago today, the Burma Army broke a 17-year ceasefire with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and unleashed a major new military offensive against the Kachin people. Since 9 June 2011, over 120,000 Kachin people have been displaced, forced to flee their homes. At least 200 villages have been destroyed. A humanitarian emergency unfolded, with a desperate need for shelter, food and medical care. As the Kachin Peace Talk Creation Group has said, "the impact of the war this time has been enormous. Many have lost land, plantations, livelihood.
Paris, Bangkok, 17 March, 2014: The UN Human Rights Council must renew the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Burma with full monitoring and reporting powers, FIDH and its member organization, the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma), said today.
Focus: Impunity and transitional justice
In Asia, while notable progress has been made in building and strengthening democratic institutions in some countries, authoritarian or essentially un- democratic political systems persist in many others. Regardless of the form of government, however, impunity remains a key challenge to the promotion and protection of human rights across Asia. Several countries, including Afghanistan, Burma, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, are torn apart by protracted conflicts and other situations of violence, resulting on widespread human rights violations
Since taking office in March 2011, the military-dominated government of Burma has made numerous commitments, however it has not initiated substantive reforms toward reconciliation and compliance with international laws. Although the recent release of political prisoners and other positive actions taken by the government should be welcomed, key minimum benchmarks have not been met. As Daw Aung San Suu Kyi told the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2012: “We are not yet at the point of a ‘great transformation’".
The key minimum benchmarks are:
Senior General Than Shwe's denial of international humanitarian aid to the victims of Cyclone Nargis should come as no surprise to the international community.
RE: FIDH Open Letter to the Members of the Security Council on Burma- Myanmar
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) welcomes the decision of the United Nations Security Council to put the situation of Burma-Myanmar on its agenda.