UN Human Rights Council 41st Session – human rights situation in Myanmar

UN Human Rights Council 41st Session

Item 4 – Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar

2 July 2019, Intervention by ESTONIA


Mr. President

Estonia aligns itself with the statement made by the EU.

We would like to thank the Special Rapporteur for her tireless work.

We regret that Myanmars’ non-cooperation with your mandate is continuing and urge the government to grant the Special Rapporteur immediate and unrestricted access to the country and resume the cooperation with the mandate.

We remain deeply concerned about the violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed against the civilian population by both parties to the conflict. We particularly regret the developments in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan States. We are alarmed that the active conflict between the Arakan Army and the Tatmadaw has resulted in an estimated 45,000 new IDPs since the beginning of the year.

We are seriously concerned about the recent Government’s shutdown of mobile data networks in nine townships. We call on the Government to reverse the restrictions on internet access and lift immediately the restrictions on the media and humanitarian organisations.

We welcome the establishment of the Independent Investigative Mechanism on Myanmar and look forward to the mechanism becoming operational in order to investigate and prepare for fair and independent criminal proceedings in accordance with international law.

We firmly support the ICC Prosecutor’s recent request to proceed with a full investigation and urge referring the situation to the International Criminal Court for full investigation and prosecution.

Thank you!