UN Human Rights Council 43rd Session – Item 4: ID with SR on Myanmar – Intervention by ESTONIA – 10 March 2020

Madame President,

Estonia aligns itself with the statement by the European Union.

Estonia would like to thank the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar for her report and the presentation today.

We remain deeply concerned by the continuous reports of human rights violations in Myanmar, including in the Rakhine and Chin states, carried out by the security forces and border guard police.

As also in the Security Council, in February, we urge Myanmar to comply with the provisional measures of the ICJ and to take credible action to bring to justice those responsible for human rights violations and create conditions for safe, dignified and sustainable return of the Rohingya.

In that regard, Madame Special Rapporteur, are you aware of the exact numbers of Rohingya who have returned or who wish to return?

Madame President,

Estonia believes that accountability for atrocity crimes is the only way to end the cycles of violence that have occurred for decades in Myanmar. We urge the Human Rights Council to support efforts to investigate and prosecute at the ICC the perpetrators of those crimes.

Finally, it is important to provide full access of human rights mechanisms to the region and for Myanmar to resume cooperation with the Special Rapporteur.

Thank you!