Myanmar: Human rights implications of the crisis, UN Special Session

The ICJ today addressed an emergency Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council on Myanmar, outlining violations to human rights and the rule of law occurring in the country since the coup d’état of 1 February.

The Special Session is expected to adopt a resolution to address “The human rights implications of the crisis in Myanmar.”

The ICJ statement read as follows:

“Madame President,

The International Commission of Jurists condemns the Myanmar military’s unlawful seizure of authority and the unconstitutional declaration of a state of emergency on 1 February.

These actions defy core rule of law principles and provide an illegitimate basis for the suspension and erosion of human rights.

Nearly 200 people, including human rights defenders, have been arbitrarily detained, some in unknown locations. Security forces have used excessive force against peaceful protesters, causing serious injuries.

Regulations imposed pursuant to the state of emergency grant military forces nearly complete impunity. Furthermore, these regulations suspend crucial judicial remedies for violations of rights, such as the writ of habeas corpus.

Judges, including from the Supreme Court, have been illegally removed and replaced, undermining the independence of an already embattled judiciary.

The military takeover further endangers the already grave situation of the Rohingya community.

The ICJ calls on the Human Rights Council to urge the military to immediately return authority to the civilian government and allow immediate access to the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar and other special procedures, the OHCHR, and the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar, whose mandate includes investigating all serious human rights violations.

Member States should take necessary measures to ensure truth, justice and accountability for crimes under international law, including by supporting all relevant accountability mechanisms.

Thank you.”

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