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UN Human Rights Council 48: UK Statement for the Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar

The UK's Ambassador to the UN and WTO in Geneva, Simon Manley, delivered this statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar.

13 September 2021

Thank you Madam President,

The United Kingdom reiterates its support for the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar.

We condemned the military coup in Myanmar, and once again we call on the military junta to return power to a democratically elected government, and end its serious human rights violations against the people of Myanmar. Accountability for such violations is a key step towards reconciliation and long-term stability.

Myanmar's Security Forces continue to operate with impunity and we have seen precious little progress within the military to hold themselves to account. Indeed, the junta has used the coup to crack down on rights and freedoms, killing countless innocent protestors including children.

The UK will continue to apply pressure through sanctions and other means to respond to the actions taken by the junta.

Myanmar must cooperate with the Independent Investigative Mechanism as well as other international justice mechanisms, and take steps to strengthen domestic accountability processes. This includes setting out a transparent and credible plan to implement the recommendations of the Rakhine

Advisory Commission and the provisional measures of the International Court of Justice.

We urge Myanmar's Security Forces to engage with the recommendations of the international community and ensure that perpetrators of human rights violations are brought to justice.

Mr Koumjian,

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