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Briefing Paper on the Situation of Human Rights in Burma/Myanmar 25th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council

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Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-¬≠‚ÄźASIA) Burma Partnership

 

Briefing Paper on the Situation of Human Rights in Burma/Myanmar 25th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council

 

1.1 Introduction

 

While acknowledging the positive developments that have occurred in some areas relating to human rights in Burma/Myanmar, in other areas, progress has been lacking, while in some others still, significant backsliding has taken place. The areas that have witnessed significant backsliding or lack of progress include:

  • the ¬†continued¬† ¬†criminalisation¬† ¬†and¬† ¬†harassment¬† ¬†of¬† ¬†political¬† ¬†activists¬† ¬†and¬† ¬†human¬† ¬†rights defenders (HRDs);
  • the continued existence of repressive laws in the country;
  • the lack of progress in achieving sustained peace as well as the ongoing gross human rights violations in ethnic areas;
  • the escalation ¬†of ¬†communal ¬†conflict ¬†and ¬†the ¬†continued ¬†failure ¬†to ¬†address ¬†the ¬†systemic discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities, especially the Rohingya; and
  • the rise in human rights violations as a result of development and business investmen

It is thus vital to maintain pressure on the government of Burma/Myanmar through a resolution on the situation of human rights in Myanmar under agenda item 4 of the UN Human Rights Council to highlight these concerns, and to ensure that it continues with its reforms and addresses these issues as a matter of extreme urgency. This call has also been made by 46 civil society groups in an open letter to the Member States of the HRC on 10 March 2014.1

 

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