Joint statement on the situation in Myanmar

Joint statement on the situation in Myanmar
Joint statement on the situation in Myanmar

Today, Canada, Australia, the European Union, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States issued the following statement on the situation in Myanmar:

“We, Australia, Canada, the European Union, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, are deeply concerned by the escalation of the conflict in Myanmar and, in particular, the increasing harm caused to the civilian population, which is leading to a worsening and deterioration of the human rights situation and humanitarian crisis across the country.

“Since the February 2021 coup, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance has increased from 1 million to 18.6 million. There are credible reports of human rights violations and abuses against the civilian population, including airstrikes on homes, schools, places of worship and hospitals, as well as torture, use of civilians as human shields and sexual and gender-based violence against women and children. As the conflict continues to escalate, communities across Myanmar are subject to further displacement.

“The military regime systematically restricts access to vital humanitarian aid. We are concerned about growing water and food shortages and widespread denial of access to health care, medicines and life-saving humanitarian services. The permanent blockage of roads and telecommunications in conflict zones hampers the delivery of humanitarian aid and access to information.

“Across the country, more than 1,000 civilians have been killed or maimed by landmines in 2023 and the number of casualties is rising rapidly. A growing number of people are being trafficked and held against their will. All parties must ensure that they prioritize the protection of the civilian population.

“We are deeply concerned by the military regime’s implementation of the 2010 conscription law, which is increasing the number of displaced people. This measure continues to attempt to divide communities and incite identity-based violence across Myanmar.

“In Rakhine State, towns and villages have been systematically targeted by the military regime and armed groups. We are concerned by recent reports of high levels of displacement in Buthidaung. We call on all armed actors to ensure the protection of the civilian population. The deliberate use of misinformation, disinformation and hate speech fuels sectarian and intercommunal conflicts. Reports of forced recruitment, particularly of Rohingya, further divide communities, fuel tensions and arouse mistrust. All populations face extreme levels of food insecurity. The situation is increasingly dangerous for the entire civilian population, including the Rakhine, Rohingya and other ethnic communities.

“Those responsible for all the atrocities committed in Myanmar must be held to account. We recall the order of provisional measures of the International Court of Justice and the need to comply with them, to safeguard human rights and prevent violations.

“We welcome United Nations Security Council Resolution 2669 on the situation in Myanmar, calling for an immediate end to all forms of violence and urging all parties to respect human rights and allow full humanitarian access, safe and unhindered.

“We welcome the appointment of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Myanmar (UNSE) and the concerted efforts of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), UNSE and the regional actors to resolve the crisis. We reaffirm the need for strengthened UN leadership in the country.

“We reiterate our call on all States to prevent or cease the flow of arms or military and dual-use equipment, including aviation fuel, to the Myanmar military.

“The military regime must release all those arbitrarily detained and fully implement the ASEAN Five-Point Consensus. We call on all parties to create space for meaningful and inclusive dialogue, so that democracy can be fully restored.

“We remain committed to supporting all those who are committed to working peacefully towards an inclusive, non-violent and democratic future for the people of Myanmar. »

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