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Myanmar: Oral Statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar

By Amnesty International  •  March 14, 2016

Item 4: Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention
Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar1

Mr. President,

Ms. Lee, we welcome your report and share your concerns regarding the breadth of major human rights challenges Myanmar faces. Almost 100 prisoners of conscience are in prison. Hundreds more activists are on trial and face imprisonment for the peaceful exercise of their human rights.

Ending the practices that fuel arbitrary arrests will require more than prisoners’ amnesties. Laws restricting freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association must be brought into line with international human rights standards.

Individuals have been imprisoned for peacefully protesting against land confiscation or the environmental impact of corporate projects. Ms. Lee, do you have plans to examine corporate human rights abuses?

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