29th Special Session of the Human Rights Council – Human rights implications of the crisis in Myanmar – Intervention by Estonia -12th February 2021

Madam President

Estonia fully aligns with the statement delivered by the European Union.

Estonia strongly condemns the coup in Myanmar and the unlawful detention of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Win Myint and other political leaders. All those detained should be immediately and unconditionally released.

The Myanmar people have chosen democracy, and their strong belief in democratic processes was reconfirmed at the recent elections. The sudden turn of developments is very regrettable. We urge the military (Tatmadaw) to respect the 2008 constitution and the people’s choice and to allow the National Assembly to peacefully re-convene with all its elected members. We urge all armed forces in Myanmar to cease fighting and recommit to the peace process. Any differences must be resolved through peaceful dialogue.

The international community must use its leverage to avoid violence and crushing of peaceful protests. We are deeply troubled by and condemn the restrictions on use of Internet and social media, as these undermine human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the rights of peaceful assembly and freedoms of association and expression that form the basis of a democratic society.

It is also important to ensure that the basic needs of the most vulnerable groups, including ethnic minorities, will not be further compromised due to the coup. Safe, voluntary and dignified return of the Rohingya refugees to their place of origin has to remain a point of concern for the International community.

Thank you!