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Statements and reports on Myanmar at regular sessions of the Human Rights Council

Individual Documents

Title: Observations by Myanmar on the Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar (A/HRC/25/64)
Date of publication: 12 March 2014
Description/subject: I. Prisoners of conscience...II. Conditions of detention and treatment of prisoners...III. Freedom of opinion and expression...IV. Situation of ethnic border areas...V. Situation in Rakhine State.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar via United Nations (A/HRC/25/64/Add.1)
Format/size: pdf (150K)
Date of entry/update: 11 July 2014


  • Statements and reports to regular sessions of the Human Rights Council by the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar and the High Commissioner for Human Rights

    Individual Documents

    Title: UN Human Rights Council, 25th Session: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar (English)
    Date of publication: 02 April 2014
    Description/subject: Summary: "This report looks at the current situation of human rights in Myanmar as well as reflects on the extent of progress made during the course of Mr. Tomás Ojea Quintana’s six years on the mandate.".....Contents: Introduction... Human rights situation... Prisoners of conscience... Conditions of detention and treatment of prisoners... Freedom of opinion and expression...  Freedom of peaceful assembly and association... Human rights concerns in the context of development... Situation in ethnic border areas... Situation in Rakhine State... Democratic transition and establishing the rule of law...  Truth, justice and accountability... Recommendations.
    Author/creator: Tomás Ojea Quintana
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nations (A/HRC/25/64) -Advanced Unedited Version
    Format/size: pdf (149K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 March 2014


    Title: UN Human Rights Council, 22nd Session: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar (Chinese)
    Date of publication: 17 April 2013
    Description/subject: "This report looks at the impact of ongoing reforms on the human rights situation in Myanmar, assessing positive developments, shortcomings, areas that remain unaddressed and gaps in implementation"
    Author/creator: Tomás Ojea Quintana
    Language: Chinese
    Source/publisher: United Nations Human Rights Council - 22nd Session (A /HRC/22/58)
    Format/size: pdf (925K-OBL version; 1.1MB-original)
    Alternate URLs: http://daccess-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G13/134/34/PDF/G1313434.pdf?OpenElement
    Date of entry/update: 27 May 2013


    Title: UN Human Rights Council, 22nd Session: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar (English)
    Date of publication: 17 April 2013
    Description/subject: "This report looks at the impact of ongoing reforms on the human rights situation in Myanmar, assessing positive developments, shortcomings, areas that remain unaddressed and gaps in implementation"
    Author/creator: Tomás Ojea Quintana
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nations Human Rights Council (A/HRC/22/58)
    Format/size: pdf (293K)
    Date of entry/update: 12 March 2013


    Title: (1) Human Rights Council, 19th Session - Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar (video)
    Date of publication: 12 March 2012
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nations Human Rights Council (webcast)
    Format/size: pdf (157K). Real Player
    Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs13/HRC19-ID-SRM-opening_stmt.pdf
    Date of entry/update: 15 March 2012


    Title: Human Rights Council (19th Session) Progress report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar,
    Date of publication: 07 March 2012
    Description/subject: Summary: "The recent wave of reforms has had a positive impact on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. The upcoming by-elections on 1 April 2012 will be a key test of how far the Government has progressed in its reform process. There is, however, a risk of backtracking on the progress achieved to date. At this crucial moment in the country’s history, remaining human rights concerns and challenges should be addressed, and justice and accountability measures, as well as measures to ensure access to the truth, should be taken."
    Author/creator: Tomás Ojea Quintana
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nations (A/HRC/19/67)
    Format/size: pdf (384K)
    Alternate URLs: http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/RegularSession/Session19/A-HRC-19-67_en.pdf
    Date of entry/update: 14 March 2012


    Title: Human Rights Council (16th Session): Progress report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana
    Date of publication: 07 March 2011
    Description/subject: Summary: "Myanmar undertook national elections for the first time in over two decades on 7 November 2010. One week later, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was released unconditionally upon the end of her house arrest term. The new national parliament began meeting on 31 January 2011. Amidst much uncertainty, there appears to be some cautious optimism that positive change may be possible. Among those changes that the people of Myanmar dare to hope for is the realization of their economic, social and cultural rights. For this reason, the Special Rapporteur begins to address in the present report the subject of economic, social and cultural rights, starting with the right to education."
    Author/creator: Tomás Ojea Quintana
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Human Rights Council (A/HRC/16/59)
    Format/size: pdf (133K)
    Alternate URLs: http://daccess-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G11/115/77/PDF/G1111577.pdf?OpenElement
    Date of entry/update: 13 March 2011


    Title: Human Rights Council (13th Session) Progress report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana
    Date of publication: 10 March 2010
    Description/subject: SUMMARY: "The present report, submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 10/27, covers human rights developments in Myanmar since the Special Rapporteur’s second report to the Human Rights Council (A/HRC/10/19) and the submission of his report to the General Assembly (A/64/318) in October 2009. The Special Rapporteur has travelled to Myanmar three times. He conducted his third country visit from 15 to 19 February 2010 at the invitation of the Government, which had postponed planned visits several times. The present report elaborates on the issues related to the protection of human rights. The Security Council, the Secretary-General, the Human Rights Council, Government representatives from many nations, Nobel laureates and other respected leaders have all called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and the more than 2,100 prisoners of conscience. However, the Government of Myanmar has not yet met this important step in its preparations for transition to democracy in the lead-up to the 2010 election. Likewise, the international community has urged the Government of Myanmar to announce an election date and an electoral framework that adheres to international standards for a free, fair, participatory and transparent election process. The basic rights to food, shelter, health and education, which are not only human rights in and of themselves, but are also essential for the exercise of other human rights, are denied to far too many of the people of Myanmar. At the same time, conflicts along the border areas continue to abet serious human rights abuses against civilian populations, including the ongoing recruitment of child soldiers. The Special Rapporteur is deeply concerned about the systematic and endemic discrimination faced by the Muslim community in Northern Rakhine State. This discrimination, which is framed as an immigration problem, leads to basic and fundamental human rights being denied to this population. Measures taken against this population include the restriction of movement, limitations on permission to marry, and forced labour. As the Special Rapporteur stated in previous reports, there is a pattern of gross and systematic violation of human rights which has been in place for many years and still continues. Given the extent and persistence of the problem, and the lack of accountability, there is an indication that those human rights violations are the result of a State policy, originating from decisions by authorities in the executive, military and judiciary at all levels. The Government of Myanmar needs to take prompt and effective measures to investigate these facts."
    Author/creator: Tomás Ojea Quintana
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nations (A/HRC/13/48)
    Format/size: pdf (120K)
    Date of entry/update: 13 March 2010


    Title: Human Rights Council (10th Session): Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar (video)
    Date of publication: 17 March 2009
    Description/subject: If the video does not open with a left click, right click and open in a new window.
    Author/creator: Mr. Thomas Ojea Quintana
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nations (A/HRC/10/19, A/HRC/10/NGO/37, A/HRC/10/NGO/38)
    Format/size: Real Player
    Alternate URLs: http://www.un.org/webcast/unhrc/archive.asp?go=090317 (from this page you can choose specific statements)

    http://webcast.un.org/ramgen/ondemand/conferences/unhrc/tenth/hrc090317am1-eng.rm?start=::&end=:: (whole debate)
    Date of entry/update: 17 March 2009


    Title: Human Rights Council - 10th Session: Report of the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar
    Date of publication: 11 March 2009
    Description/subject: Summary: "The present report, submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 8/14, mainly covers human rights developments in Myanmar since the Special Rapporteur's interim report submitted to the General Assembly (A/63/341). The Special Rapporteur has travelled twice to Myanmar and has established constructive working relations with its Government. He would like to thank the Government for its hospitality and cooperation during the missions and also in discharging his mandate. In the report, the Special Rapporteur elaborates on issues relating to the protection of human rights. In particular, he concentrates on the situation of prisoners of conscience, their right to a fair trial and due process of law and conditions of their detention; as well as freedom of expression, assembly and association in the context of the upcoming elections in 2010. He reviews internal conflicts with regard to international humanitarian law and protection of civilians and issues of discrimination and the need for humanitarian assistance. The Special Rapporteur reiterates his recommendation of four core human rights elements: a review of national legislation in accordance with the new Constitution and international obligations; the progressive release of prisoners of conscience; training for the armed forces to ensure respect for international human rights and humanitarian law; and the establishment of an independent and impartial judiciary. Since Myanmar is party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women only, the Special Rapporteur strongly recommends that it accede to the other core international human rights instruments."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nations (A-HRC-10-19)
    Format/size: pdf (95K)
    Date of entry/update: 17 March 2009


    Title: Human Rights Council - 8th Session: Report of the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar
    Date of publication: 03 June 2008
    Description/subject: Summary: "In its resolution 1992/58, the Commission on Human Rights established the mandate on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, which was then extended by the Human Rights Council in its decision 1/102 and resolution 5/1. In March 2008, by its resolution 7/32, the Council extended the mandate for one year. On 26 March 2008, Tomás Ojea Quintana (Argentina) was appointed as the new Special Rapporteur, and he officially assumed the function on 1 May 2008. The present report is a follow-up report on the status of implementation of Council resolutions S-5/1 and 6/33, as requested by the Council in its resolution 7/31. In the report, the Special Rapporteur focuses on the human rights issues pertinent to the current constitutional process in the country, the developments with regard to the crackdown on the demonstrations in September 2007, and the human rights impact of tropical cyclone Nargis. The report builds upon the preliminary findings and further developments included in the previous report submitted to the Council (A/HRC/7/24). Since the present report is his first to be submitted to the Council, the Special Rapporteur also presents an overview of his methodology and programme of work in discharging his mandate. The Special Rapporteur would like to pay tribute to the victims of cyclone Nargis, present his condolences to the families at this tragic time and convey to the people of Myanmar a message of encouragement in the recovery phase of that natural disaster."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nations (A/HRC/8/12)
    Format/size: pdf (70K)
    Date of entry/update: 05 June 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council -- 7th Session: Oral statement by the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar
    Date of publication: 13 March 2008
    Author/creator: Sr. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nations
    Format/size: pdf (304K)
    Date of entry/update: 18 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 7th Session: Report by the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar - update
    Date of publication: 07 March 2008
    Description/subject: "...The present report is submitted pursuant to Council resolution 6/33. It is based on information gathered since the Special Rapporteur's report (A/HRC/6/14) on the human rights implications of the crackdown on the peaceful demonstrations in Myanmar in September 2007, its causes and consequences. The report covers the period from December 2007 to March 2008"
    Language: English, Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish
    Source/publisher: United Nations (A/HRC/7/24)
    Format/size: pdf (English - 60K; Arabic - 147K; French - 155K; Russian - 175K, Spanish - 145K)
    Alternate URLs: http://burmalibrary.org/docs4/SRM-HRC-7-24-ar.pdf
    http://burmalibrary.org/docs4/SRM-HRC-7-24-fr.pdf
    http://burmalibrary.org/docs4/SRM-HRC-7-24-ru.pdf
    http://burmalibrary.org/docs4/SRM-HRC-7-24-sp.pdf
    Date of entry/update: 18 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 7th Session: Report of the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar
    Date of publication: 07 March 2008
    Description/subject: The present report focuses on the main patterns of human rights violations committed in Myanmar from February 2007 to February 2008. Subsequent to Council resolution 6/33, the Special Rapporteur has submitted a follow-up mission report (A/HRC/7/24).
    Author/creator: Sr. Paulo Sergio. Pinheiro
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nations (A/HRC/7/18)
    Format/size: pdf (101K)
    Date of entry/update: 18 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 6th Session: Report of the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar
    Date of publication: 07 December 2007
    Description/subject: HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATIONS THAT REQUIRE THE COUNCIL’S ATTENTION... Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, mandated by resolution S-5/1 adopted by the Human Rights Council at its 5th Special Session*...Summary: At its fifth Special Session de:dicated to the situation of human rights in Myanmar, the Human Rights Council, by its resolution S-5/1 of 2 October 2007, requested “the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar to assess the current human rights situation and to monitor the implementation of this resolution, including by seeking an urgent visit to Myanmar, and to report to the resumed sixth session of the Human Rights Council” and urged “the Government of Myanmar to cooperate with the Special Rapporteur”. On 19 October 2007, the Government officially extended an invitation to the Special Rapporteur and noted that he will be “accorded full cooperation”. The Special Rapporteur conducted an official mission to Myanmar from 11 to 15 November 2007. He had additional meetings with the diplomatic community, United Nations agencies and civil society organizations in Bangkok from 16 to 17 November 2007. The present report contains findings gathered by the Special Rapporteur prior to and during his official mission, with a focus on the current human rights situation, including the human rights implications of the crackdown on demonstrations and the severe reprisals. While covering developments from August until the end of the curfew on 20 October 2007, the report focuses in particular on the tragic events that took place in Myanmar from 26 to 29 September 2007. The report finally contains a number of recommendations by the Special Rapporteur."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nations (A/HRC/6/14)
    Format/size: pdf (137K)
    Date of entry/update: 13 December 2007


    Title: Human Rights Council - 4th Session: Oral statement by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar
    Date of publication: 22 March 2007
    Description/subject: "...The critical human rights situation in the country calls for an increased attention by the HRC. As my six-year mandate is now ending, I believe it is of utmost importance to keep the situation of human rights in Myanmar high on your agenda. In the past two years, the reform process proposed in the “seven-point road map for national reconciliation and democratic transition” has been strictly limited and delineated. The quality of the work of the National Convention has been adversely affected by this evolution whereas I take note of progress made towards the drafting of a new constitution. On May 2006, the house arrest of the General Secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD), Daw Aung Sang Suu Kyi was further prolonged by 12 months in spite of various international appeals. On February 2007, the house arrest of Tin Oo, the Vice-Chairman of the NLD was extended for one year. As of 16 December 2006, the number of political prisoners was estimated at 1,201..."
    Author/creator: Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nations (Human Rights Council, 4th Session)
    Format/size: pdf (18K)
    Date of entry/update: 27 March 2007


    Title: Human Rights Council - 4th Session: Report by the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar
    Date of publication: 12 February 2007
    Description/subject: SUMMARY: "...During the course of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur, the reform process proposed in the “seven-point road map for national reconciliation and democratic transition”, after showing some readiness to become open to various relevant actors, has been further strictly limited and delineated. As a result, the political space has been redefined in narrower terms. In addition, obstructions in the past couple of years have held back the pace and inclusiveness of the reforms that are required for democratization. The work of the National Convention has been adversely affected by this development. Over the decades, the space for the establishment of civilian and democratic institutions has been seriously curtailed. The exercise of fundamental freedoms has been severely restricted. The house arrest of Aung Sang Suu Kyi, which was further prolonged for one year on 27 May 2006, illustrates well this state of affairs. As of 16 December 2006, the number of political prisoners was estimated to be 1,201. The Special Rapporteur has consistently indicated that national reconciliation requires meaningful and inclusive dialogue with and between political representatives. He firmly believes that the national reconciliation and the stability of Myanmar are not well served by the arrest and detention of several political leaders or by the severe and sustained restrictions on fundamental freedoms. The persecution of members of political parties in the opposition and human rights defenders shows that today, the road map for democracy faces too many obstacles to bring about a genuine transition. In the past, the Special Rapporteur has acknowledged that the road map could play a positive role in the political transition. Sadly, the positive momentum of the early years of his mandate has apparently stalled. The capacity of law enforcement institutions and the independence and impartiality of the judiciary have been hampered by sustained impunity. This situation has contributed to reinforcing inequality and has increased the gap between the poorest and the richest. The Special Rapporteur remains particularly concerned about impunity, which has become systematic and must be urgently addressed by the Government of Myanmar. It has become increasingly clear that impunity stems not only from a lack of institutional capacity. Impunity has allowed those who have oppressed voices that question existing policies and practices to avoid being held accountable. Several individuals and groups responsible for committing serious violations of human rights, in particular members of the military, have not been prosecuted. There is also little evidence that these serious crimes have been investigated by relevant authorities. Grave human rights violations are committed by persons within the established structures of the State Peace and Development Council and are not only perpetrated with impunity but authorized by law. In that respect, the Special Rapporteur is also very concerned about the continued misuse of the legal system, which denies the rule of law and represents a major obstacle to securing the effective and meaningful exercise of fundamental freedoms by citizens. He considers the criminalization of the exercise of fundamental freedoms by political opponents, human rights defenders and victims of human rights abuses to be a matter of particular concern. During the course of his mandate, the Special Rapporteur has been very concerned about the 10 years of intensified military campaigns in ethnic areas of eastern Myanmar and its impact on the humanitarian and human rights situation, especially on civilians who have been targeted during the attacks. The situation should be considered in connection with the widespread practice of land confiscation throughout the country, which is seemingly aimed at anchoring military control, especially in ethnic areas. It has led to numerous forced evictions, relocations and resettlements, forced migration and internal displacement. Given the scale of the current military campaign, the situation may lead to a humanitarian crisis if it is not addressed immediately. The Special Rapporteur therefore welcomes the recent appointment of the Resident Coordinator as Humanitarian Coordinator. He believes that the formal engagement of the humanitarian sector of the United Nations Secretariat will provide stronger, essential support in ensuring the integrity and independence of ongoing efforts. The Special Rapporteur takes note with great satisfaction of the recent release of political prisoners, including the five “88 generation” student leaders arrested last September. He expresses the hope that other prominent political prisoners will benefit from the amnesty granted in early January 2007. He therefore welcomes the statement made by the Secretary-General on 8 January 2007 on this issue and commends the work done by the United Nations within the “good offices” mission."
    Author/creator: Sr. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nations (A/HRC/4/14 -- Advanced edited version)
    Format/size: pdf (87 K)
    Date of entry/update: 13 March 2007


    Title: Human Rights Council -- 2nd Session: Oral statement by the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar
    Date of publication: 27 September 2006
    Description/subject: Statement for the second session of the Human Rights Council 27 September 2006... Palais des Nations, Geneva... Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar.''
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nations
    Format/size: pdf (86K)
    Date of entry/update: 27 September 2006


  • Statements on Myanmar to regular sessions of the Human Rights Council by NGOs
    See also the webcasts of the interactive dialogues, where available, for oral statements

    Individual Documents

    Title: Myanmar: Official report on Rakhine State conflict gravely flawed
    Date of publication: 17 May 2013
    Description/subject: Written statement submitted to the 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organization in general consultative status: "1. Following the communal violence that wracked the western parts of Myanmar near the border of Bangladesh in 2012, the country’s pre sident established a commission of inquiry comprising of retired public servants, reli gious figures, politicians, academics and members of civil society. The commission handed dow n its findings on 22 April 2013. Despite high expectations, the 119-page report is g ravely flawed. Although it contains a few useful recommendations and observations, to whi ch the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar alluded in a press release of 1 M ay 2013, the commission’s positive contributions are outweighed by a range of omission s and misrepresentations and by an us- versus-them mentality that pervades the document..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) via Human Rights Council (A /HRC/23/NGO/41)
    Format/size: pdf (53K)
    Date of entry/update: 28 May 2013


    Title: Myanmar: Police who attacked peaceful protestors must be prosecuted
    Date of publication: 17 May 2013
    Description/subject: Written statement submitted to the 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organization in general consultative status: "1. The struggle of farmers and their allies in the Letpadaung Hills of central Myanmar against the expansion of a copper mining operation under a military-owned holding company and a partner company from China obtained i nternational attention when in the early morning hours of 29 November 2012 paramilitar y police launched a night time attack on encamped protestors. The attack received interna tional media coverage because the police fired white phosphorous into the protest cam ps that caused extensive burns to protestors, the majority of them Buddhist monks who had joined villagers in resistance to the mine project. 2. The attack on protestors occurred precisely as t he president established a commission of inquiry into the mine project, the fi ndings of which were published in the 12 March 2013 edition of the state newspaper. Unfortun ately, the Asian Legal Resource Centre has been forced to conclude from the content s of its report that the commission’s members have either unintentionally or deliberately misconstrued their role as fact finders. The report is concerned primarily with the interest s and needs of the state and specifically, with its interests and needs in maintaining good re lations with the government of China and its business interests; not with the concerns or hu man rights of the population affected by the mine, and least of all, of the human rights of those persons subjected to the police assault on the night of November 29..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) via Human Rights Council (A /HRC/23/NGO/40)
    Format/size: pdf (51K)
    Date of entry/update: 28 May 2013


    Title: The human rights situation in Myanmar and crimes against Rohingya people
    Date of publication: 06 May 2013
    Description/subject: Written statement submitted to the 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council by the Maarij Foundation for Peace and Development (MFPD), a non - governmental organization in special consultative status: "...The Rohingya have consistently faced human rights abuses by the Myanmar government which has refused to ackno wledge them as Myanmar ci tizens and attempted to forcibly expel Rohingya and bring in non - Rohingyas to replace them. This policy has resulted in the expulsion of approximately half of the Rohingya population from Myanmar. An estimated huge number of people have been displaced in t he recent sectarian violence between Rohingya Muslims and Buddhists in Myanmar's western Rakhine State. As a result of this policy Rohingya people have been described as “among the world’s least wanted” and “one of the world’s most persecuted minorities. S ince a 1982 citizenship law , Rohingya have been stripped of their Myanmar citizenship. Rohingya are not allowed to travel without official permission, are banned from owning land and are required to sign a commitment to have not more than two children..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Maarij Foundation for Peace and Development via the Human Rights Council (A/HRC/23/NGO/10)
    Format/size: pdf (335K)
    Date of entry/update: 28 May 2013


    Title: The serious human rights situation in Myanmar requires the Human Rights Council’s continued attention
    Date of publication: 13 February 2012
    Description/subject: "Amnesty International’s written statement to the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February – 23 March 2012) Over the past year, Myanmar’s human rights situation has improved notably in some respects but has significantly worsened in others. Freedoms of assembly and expression remain restricted; there still are hundreds of political prisoners and many prisoners of conscience. In several ethnic minority areas the army continues to commit violations of international human rights and humanitarian law against civilians, including acts that may constitute crimes against humanity or war crimes..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amnesty International
    Format/size: pdf (108K)
    Alternate URLs: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/ASA16/001/2012/en/8859ff1c-28c9-4143-ae91-3463e3ab86f8/asa1...
    Date of entry/update: 27 February 2012


    Title: Human rights and religious freedom in Myanmar (written statement to 18th session of the Human Rights Council)
    Date of publication: 12 September 2011
    Description/subject: Written statement submitted by the Jubilee Campaign, a non-governmental organization in special consultative status..." The Jubilee Campaign, together with Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), seeks to draw the Council’s attention to the domestic human rights and religious freedom situation in Myanmar. Despite repeated calls for change there has been little evidence for progress in Myanmar which continues to be one of the foremost violators of human rights in the world. Since the elections in 2010 there has been a significant increase in the scale and severity of human rights violations, which include the systematic use of rape as a weapon of war, torture, forced labour, forced conscription of child soldiers, and extrajudicial killings. The Jubilee Campaign joins the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Myanmar in calling for a Commission of Inquiry into these crimes which amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Jubilee Campaign via United Nations (A/HRC/18/NGO/69)
    Format/size: pdf (41K)
    Alternate URLs: http://daccess-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G11/158/93/PDF/G1115893.pdf?OpenElement
    Date of entry/update: 04 October 2011


    Title: From blinkered to enlightened despotism: Human rights in Myanmar under new government (written statement to the 18th session of the Human Rights Council)
    Date of publication: 09 September 2011
    Description/subject: Written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre, a non-governmental organization in general consultative status...."...One obvious short-term indicator of the worsening conditions in the country since the new government took power, which speaks to the continued hold that the military has on all affairs of any importance, is the resurgence of civil warfare in at least three states. Another is the failure to release most political detainees, including practically all of those imprisoned following the monk-led uprising of 2007. However, there are many other aspects of the current situation that while being represented as signs of improvement on closer examination are found to be exaggerated or false. These include the following:..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Asian Legal Resource Centre via UNHRC (A/HRC/18/NGO/33)
    Format/size: pdf (46K)
    Alternate URLs: http://daccess-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G11/157/48/PDF/G1115748.pdf?OpenElement
    Date of entry/update: 04 October 2011


    Title: BURMA: The absence of normative and institutional frameworks to protect human rights in Myanmar
    Date of publication: 24 August 2010
    Description/subject: HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Fifteenth session, Agenda Item 4, General Debate A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status....."...After a decade or more of intense work on Myanmar in international human rights gatherings, and after the compilation and submission of vast quantities of information about the factual situation in the country at considerable effort and often great risk on the part of large numbers of human rights defenders in the country and abroad, it is not only disingenuous but insulting for the Council to continue to do no more than make the same carefully worded calls that are disconnected from reality and lacking in either intellectual or moral fibre. The absence of either normative or institutional frameworks for the protections of human rights in Myanmar precludes business as usual. It must be said plainly and clearly that the Council has failed utterly to address the situation of human rights in Myanmar; that the Council has been amply informed about the real situation in the country and cannot pretend that the normative and institutional frameworks for the protection of human rights exist when they do not. The question remains as to what, given these facts, the Council can do about it."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC-CWS-15-04-2010)
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 02 September 2010


    Title: MYANMAR: Institutionalized denial of fundamental rights and the 2008 Constitution of Myanmar -- Human Rights Council, 12th Session
    Date of publication: 07 September 2009
    Description/subject: "...The deeply flawed 2008 Constitution further entrenches arrangements for abuses of the sorts outlined above, and any serious attempts from the international community to take up issues of concern to the people of Myanmar in the lead up to and after the anticipated election must respond to the peculiar variety of unconstitutional constitutionalism that it envisages. In particular, the following aspects of the charter must be brought to the foreground and addressed before it is possible to proceed to more in-depth discussion about human rights in Myanmar under a government operating according to its parameters:..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Asian Human Rights Commission via UN Human Rights Council (A/HRC/12/NGO/21)
    Format/size: pdf (36K)
    Alternate URLs: http://www.ahrchk.net/statements/mainfile.php/2006statements/2201/
    Date of entry/update: 04 December 2009


    Title: Human Rights Council - 7th session: Joint Statement
    Date of publication: 13 March 2008
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: INFID, Forum-Asia, ASK, CORE, PDSP, WILPF
    Format/size: pdf (91K)
    Date of entry/update: 19 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 7th session: Joint Statement
    Date of publication: 13 March 2008
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Worldview International Foundation, International Federation for Human Rights
    Format/size: pdf (90K)
    Date of entry/update: 19 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 7th session: Oral Statement by Anti-Slavery International
    Date of publication: 13 March 2008
    Description/subject: Focus on the Rohingyas
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Anti-Slavery International
    Format/size: pdf (80K)
    Date of entry/update: 18 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 7th session: Oral Statement by Human Rights First
    Date of publication: 13 March 2008
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Human Rights First
    Format/size: pdf (80K)
    Date of entry/update: 19 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 7th session: Oral Statement by Human Rights Watch
    Date of publication: 13 March 2008
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Human Rights Watch
    Format/size: pdf (86K)
    Date of entry/update: 19 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 7th session: Oral Statement by Reporters Without Borders
    Date of publication: 13 March 2008
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Reporters Without Borders
    Format/size: pdf (62K)
    Date of entry/update: 19 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 7th session: Oral Statement by the International Commission of Jurists
    Date of publication: 13 March 2008
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: International Commission of Jurists
    Format/size: pdf (88K)
    Date of entry/update: 19 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council -7th session: Oral Statement by the Asian Legal Resource Centre
    Date of publication: 13 March 2008
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Asian Legal Resource Centre
    Format/size: pdf (61K)
    Date of entry/update: 18 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 7th session: Written Statement by Human Rights First
    Date of publication: 28 February 2008
    Description/subject: Statement on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Human Rights First (A/HRC/7/NGO/85)
    Format/size: pdf (33K)
    Date of entry/update: 19 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 7th Session: Written Statement by the Asian Legal Resource Centre
    Date of publication: 28 February 2008
    Description/subject: MYANMAR: Utter lawlessness in the aftermath of September 2007
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Asian Legal Resource Centre (A/HRC/7/NGO/38)
    Format/size: pdf (27K)
    Date of entry/update: 18 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 7th Session: Written Statement by Amnesty International
    Date of publication: 27 February 2008
    Description/subject: The situation of human rights in Myanmar
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amnesty International (A/HRC/7/NGO/94)
    Format/size: pdf (24K)
    Date of entry/update: 18 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 7th session: Written Statement by Society for Threatened Peoples
    Date of publication: 25 February 2008
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Society for Threatened Peoples (A/HRC/7/NGO/52)
    Format/size: pdf (17K)
    Date of entry/update: 19 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 7th session: Written Statement by Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
    Date of publication: 25 February 2008
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (A/HRC/7/NGO/62)
    Format/size: pdf (14K)
    Date of entry/update: 19 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 7th Session: Written statement by the Asian Legal Resource Centre
    Date of publication: 22 February 2008
    Description/subject: MYANMAR: Political psychosis, legal dementia and systemic abuses of human rights
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Asian Legal Resource Centre (A/HRC/7/NGO/39)
    Format/size: pdf (28K)
    Date of entry/update: 18 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 6th session: Oral statement by the International Commission of Jurists
    Date of publication: 12 December 2007
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: International Commission of Jurists
    Format/size: pdf (243K)
    Date of entry/update: 29 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 6th session: Joint oral statement by 7 Asian NGOs
    Date of publication: 11 December 2007
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: NGOs
    Format/size: pdf (100K)
    Date of entry/update: 29 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 6th session: Joint oral statement by the National Human Rights Institutions of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand
    Date of publication: 11 December 2007
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: NHRIs
    Format/size: pdf (50K)
    Date of entry/update: 29 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 6th session: Oral statement by Amnesty International
    Date of publication: 11 December 2007
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amnesty International
    Format/size: pdf (78K)
    Date of entry/update: 29 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 6th session: Oral Statement by Human Rights Watch
    Date of publication: 11 December 2007
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Human Rights Watch
    Format/size: pdf (130K)
    Date of entry/update: 29 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 6th session: Oral Statement by Reporters Without Borders
    Date of publication: 11 December 2007
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Reporters Without Borders
    Format/size: pdf (79K)
    Date of entry/update: 29 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 6th session: Oral Statement by the Asian Legal Resource Centre
    Date of publication: 11 December 2007
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Asian Legal Resource Centre
    Format/size: pdf (64K)
    Date of entry/update: 29 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 6th session: Oral Statement by the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)
    Date of publication: 11 December 2007
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)
    Format/size: pdf (90K)
    Date of entry/update: 29 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 6th session: Oral Statement by World View International
    Date of publication: 11 December 2007
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: World View International
    Format/size: pdf (109K)
    Date of entry/update: 29 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 5th Special Session: Joint Statement by 15 NGOs
    Date of publication: 02 October 2007
    Description/subject: Joint Statement by: 1. Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) 2. International NGO Forum on Indonesia Development (INFID) 3. Pax Romana – International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs and International Movement of Catholic Students) 4. People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD) 5. Peace Boat 6. MINBYUN- Lawyers for Democratic Society 7. International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) 8. Asian Indegeneous and Tribal People’s Network (AITPN) 9. Ain O Salish Kendro (Ask) 10. Law and Mediation Centre 11. Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) 12. Earth Rights International 13. International Women’s Rights Action Watch (IWRAW) 14. Asian Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Asia, 15. Tebtebba Foundation (Indigenous People’s International Centre for Policy Research and Education)...The Statement has been endorsed by 243 human rights organisations.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Fifteen NGOs
    Format/size: pdf (37K)
    Date of entry/update: 31 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 5th Special Session: Oral Statement by Amnesty International
    Date of publication: 02 October 2007
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amnesty International
    Format/size: pdf (72K)
    Date of entry/update: 31 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 5th Special Session: Oral Statement by Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC)
    Date of publication: 02 October 2007
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC)
    Format/size: pdf (101K)
    Date of entry/update: 31 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 5th Special Session: Oral Statement by FIDH
    Date of publication: 02 October 2007
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: FIDH
    Format/size: pdf (84K)
    Date of entry/update: 31 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 5th Special Session: Oral Statement by the International Commission oif Jurists
    Date of publication: 02 October 2007
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: International Commission oif Jurists
    Format/size: pdf (108K)
    Date of entry/update: 31 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 5th Special Session: Oral Statement by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
    Date of publication: 02 October 2007
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
    Format/size: pdf (86K)
    Date of entry/update: 31 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 5th Special Session: Oral Statement by UN Watch
    Date of publication: 02 October 2007
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: UN Watch
    Format/size: pdf (59K)
    Date of entry/update: 31 March 2008


    Title: Human Rights Council - 6th session: Oral Statement by Worldview International Foundation
    Date of publication: 14 September 2007
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Worldview International Foundation
    Format/size: pdf (100K)
    Date of entry/update: 30 March 2008