UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY PASSES MYANMAR BILL


16/02/2021




Selin ATAY-TDO- United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council has called on Myanmar to "immediate and unconditional" release the country's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi,  the minister of foreign affairs in Myanmar, President Win Myint, and other officials arbitrarily detained "immediate and unconditional" and lifting the state of emergency.

A "special session" of the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, entitled "The consequences of the crisis in Myanmar on human rights," ended. The Myanmar bill, which was discussed at a "special session" of the 47-member council, was passed unanimously. Britain and the European Union had requested a "special session" on the events in Myanmar.

The resolution called for the immediate and unconditional release of all arbitrarily detained persons, including the country's de facto leader, Chii, and President Myint, and the lifting of the state of emergency. It also stressed that Myanmar's military and other security forces must take urgent steps on basic human rights, such as freedom of thought, expression, religion or belief, and peaceful demonstrations. The bill condemned the military's removal of the elected government from office.

Other items included in the draft resolution include Myanmar's compliance with international law and an immediate end to internet and social media restrictions. The draft resolution also called for safe and unhindered humanitarian access to all people in need of assistance, including the resumption of United Nations aid flights.

On February 1, Myanmar's military seized power over allegations of rigging in the November 8, 2020 elections and declared a state of emergency for a year.


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