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MEDIA STATEMENT – UN Human Rights Office urges military to halt violence against peaceful protestors across Myanmar

Comment by UN Human Rights Office Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani on Myanmar Geneva, 28 February 2021  “We strongly condemn the escalating violence against protests in Myanmar and call on the military to immediately halt the use of force against peaceful protestors. Throughout the day, in several locations throughout the country, police and military forces have confronted […]

NEWS RELEASE – Myanmar: Military must restore democracy, allow people to protest and express themselves, say UN experts

GENEVA (26 February 2021) – UN human rights experts* today called on the Myanmar military to immediately end the violent crackdown on countrywide peaceful protests against its coup and allow free expression. “The people of Myanmar have the right to protest peacefully and express their discontent with the military coup,” the experts said. “We call […]

NEWS RELEASE – Philippines: UN experts urge release of Senator Leila De Lima after four years in pre-trial detention

GENEVA (24 February 2021) – UN experts* today reiterated the call for the immediate release of Philippines Senator Leila De Lima, who has been held in pre-trial detention since 2017. In August 2018, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention concluded in its Opinion No. 61/2018 that the detention of Senator De Lima was arbitrary given […]

NEWS RELEASE – Malaysia: UN experts appalled by deportation of migrants to Myanmar despite court order

GENEVA (24 February 2021) – UN human rights experts* are appalled by the Malaysian authorities’ decision to proceed with the deportation to Myanmar of over 1,000 detained migrants, including children and women at risk and other vulnerable individuals, despite a court order to suspend their return. Immigration authorities on Tuesday returned 1,086 migrants, including unaccompanied […]

Myanmar – Statement by Tom Andrews, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar

Twenty-Ninth Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights implications of the crisis in Myanmar   Geneva, 12 February 2021 Madam President, Distinguished members of the United Nations Human Rights Council. I’m delivering this statement on behalf of my mandate and on behalf of the Coordination Committee of Special Procedures. In light […]

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