The United States of America has co-sponsored a resolution led by European Union highlighting ongoing human rights concerns in Myanmar including for Rohingya. It has also recalled developments made since 1st February in 46th session of United Nations Human Rights Council.

Backdrop

The Human Rights Council of the EU on 22nd March 2021 imposed sanctions on 11 individuals who were responsible for military coup in Myanmar and subsequent military & police repression against peaceful demonstrators. The United Nations Human Rights Council also urge military to restore democratically elected government in country and release those who were unjustly detained. United Nations Human Rights Council also urged military to refrain from violence against people of Burma. United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution also renewed mandate of Special Rapporteur and continued its support towards Independent Investigative Mechanism in Myanmar.

USA Stand on Military Coup

The United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, announced new sanctions against Bureau of Special Operations commander, Lieutenant general Aung Soe; chief of police of Myanmar Than Hlaing; and two army units implicated in human rights abuses across ethnic areas. USA along with UK, Norway and Albania supported language which condemned military’s actions and expanded monitoring & reporting.

Myanmar’s Military Coup

Military coup in Myanmar had declared the ‘state of emergency’ for a year by overthrowing the democratically elected government in Myanmar on 1st of February 2021, before newly-elected parliament was about to convene. Military also house arrest the State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and other top officials who were accused of election fraud.

UN Human Rights Council

The body of United Nations, which promote and protect human rights across the world. It comprises of 47 members elected for a three-year term on a regional group basis. UN Human Rights Council is headquarter located in Geneva, Switzerland. The body investigates allegations of breaches of human rights across the UN member countries . It also look after thematic human rights issues like freedom of association and assembly, freedom of belief & religion, freedom of expression, LGBT rights, women’s rights and rights of racial & ethnic minorities.

USA co-sponsors EU-led Resolution over Myanmar Human Rights USA co-sponsors EU-led Resolution over Myanmar Human Rights