Myanmar disassociates itself from the adoption of the politically motivated resolution tabled by the European Union

(Geneva, 4 April 2024)

The draft resolution entitled “Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar” (A/HRC/55/L.17) tabled by Belgium on behalf of the European Union was taken action during the 55th session of the Human Rights Council on 4 April 2024 in Geneva.

The resolution extends the mandate of the so-called Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar for another one year while unwarranted post created over thirty years ago does not contribute to dialogue and cooperation between Myanmar and the international community as envisaged by the Council. Despite the fact that country-specific resolutions do not enjoy universal support, multiple reports are presented and Interactive Dialogues against Myanmar with the Special Rapporteur and the High Commissioner for Human Rights are held in every session of the Council.

The elements contained in the resolution are derived from sources affiliated with armed opposition terrorists backed by the sponsors of the resolution in different means including misusing international platforms like the Human Rights Council to justify interference, apply double standards and put their influence in internal affairs of Myanmar. It is witnessed by the resolution itself which conceals the atrocities committed by the NUG, CRPH and PDF terrorists who killed over 7,000 innocent civilians including over 250 children as if their lives do not matter. In fact, the humanitarian operations have been hindered by the terrorist organizations and relocations of some agencies occurred due to security concerns posed by terrorist and insurgent groups. On the other hand, the Government granted more than 500 times of travel access to the UN agencies across the country.

The resolution calls for Myanmar’s cooperation with different United Nations personnel while the organization should be called for adhering the principles of the sovereign equality of all its members and ensuring meaningful cooperation with the Governments. 

In connection with unfounded allegations against the military service, like many countries which apply similar practices in line with domestic requirements, Myanmar introduces military service while forced recruitment is not tolerated.

Similar to some other country specific resolutions formulated by the sponsors, the draft resolution contains elements that threaten the business community to hamper development of Myanmar and its people. Attempts to cut off the Government’s revenue would create negative impact on essential public services provided by the State.

The Government will continue its endeavours for maintaining peace, stability, rule of law, prosperity and convening systematic general election despite the challenges. What Myanmar needs at this important juncture is support and encouragement to accomplish Myanmar-owned and Myanmar-led process in line with the desire of its people. Myanmar calls the sponsors of the resolution to end creating divisions among diverse population of the country and to utilize the limited resources of the United Nations efficiently.

The official website of the Permanent Mission of Myanmar serves as an excellent source of detailed observations on the resolution. Since Myanmar steadfastly opposes the country-specific resolutions resulting continuation of iniquitous mandates invented by certain group of countries with the motive of politicizing and meddling in the internal affairs of the country, Myanmar rejects the said resolution as a whole and dissociates itself from the adoption of it.

Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations