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Oral statements on Myanmar by NGOs to regular sessions of the Human Rights Council
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Individual Documents

Title: Myanmar: Official report on Rakhine State conflict gravely flawed
Date of publication: 17 May 2013
Description/subject: Written statement submitted to the 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organization in general consultative status: "1. Following the communal violence that wracked the western parts of Myanmar near the border of Bangladesh in 2012, the country’s pre sident established a commission of inquiry comprising of retired public servants, reli gious figures, politicians, academics and members of civil society. The commission handed dow n its findings on 22 April 2013. Despite high expectations, the 119-page report is g ravely flawed. Although it contains a few useful recommendations and observations, to whi ch the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar alluded in a press release of 1 M ay 2013, the commission’s positive contributions are outweighed by a range of omission s and misrepresentations and by an us- versus-them mentality that pervades the document..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) via Human Rights Council (A /HRC/23/NGO/41)
Format/size: pdf (79K)
Date of entry/update: 28 May 2013


Title: The human rights situation in Myanmar and crimes against Rohingya people
Date of publication: 06 May 2013
Description/subject: Written statement submitted to the 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council by the Maarij Foundation for Peace and Development (MFPD), a non - governmental organization in special consultative status: "...The Rohingya have consistently faced human rights abuses by the Myanmar government which has refused to ackno wledge them as Myanmar ci tizens and attempted to forcibly expel Rohingya and bring in non - Rohingyas to replace them. This policy has resulted in the expulsion of approximately half of the Rohingya population from Myanmar. An estimated huge number of people have been displaced in t he recent sectarian violence between Rohingya Muslims and Buddhists in Myanmar's western Rakhine State. As a result of this policy Rohingya people have been described as “among the world’s least wanted” and “one of the world’s most persecuted minorities. S ince a 1982 citizenship law , Rohingya have been stripped of their Myanmar citizenship. Rohingya are not allowed to travel without official permission, are banned from owning land and are required to sign a commitment to have not more than two children..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Maarij Foundation for Peace and Development via the Human Rights Council (A/HRC/23/NGO/10)
Format/size: pdf (79K)
Date of entry/update: 28 May 2013


Title: The serious human rights situation in Myanmar requires the Human Rights Council’s continued attention
Date of publication: 13 February 2012
Description/subject: "Amnesty International’s written statement to the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February – 23 March 2012) Over the past year, Myanmar’s human rights situation has improved notably in some respects but has significantly worsened in others. Freedoms of assembly and expression remain restricted; there still are hundreds of political prisoners and many prisoners of conscience. In several ethnic minority areas the army continues to commit violations of international human rights and humanitarian law against civilians, including acts that may constitute crimes against humanity or war crimes..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Amnesty International
Format/size: pdf (108K)
Date of entry/update: 27 February 2012


Title: Human rights and religious freedom in Myanmar (written statement to 18th session of the Human Rights Council)
Date of publication: 12 September 2011
Description/subject: Written statement submitted by the Jubilee Campaign, a non-governmental organization in special consultative status..." The Jubilee Campaign, together with Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), seeks to draw the Council’s attention to the domestic human rights and religious freedom situation in Myanmar. Despite repeated calls for change there has been little evidence for progress in Myanmar which continues to be one of the foremost violators of human rights in the world. Since the elections in 2010 there has been a significant increase in the scale and severity of human rights violations, which include the systematic use of rape as a weapon of war, torture, forced labour, forced conscription of child soldiers, and extrajudicial killings. The Jubilee Campaign joins the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Myanmar in calling for a Commission of Inquiry into these crimes which amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Jubilee Campaign via United Nations (A/HRC/18/NGO/69)
Format/size: pdf (41K)
Date of entry/update: 04 October 2011


Title: From blinkered to enlightened despotism: Human rights in Myanmar under new government (written statement to the 18th session of the Human Rights Council)
Date of publication: 09 September 2011
Description/subject: Written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre, a non-governmental organization in general consultative status...."...One obvious short-term indicator of the worsening conditions in the country since the new government took power, which speaks to the continued hold that the military has on all affairs of any importance, is the resurgence of civil warfare in at least three states. Another is the failure to release most political detainees, including practically all of those imprisoned following the monk-led uprising of 2007. However, there are many other aspects of the current situation that while being represented as signs of improvement on closer examination are found to be exaggerated or false. These include the following:..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Asian Legal Resource Centre via UNHRC (A/HRC/18/NGO/33)
Format/size: pdf (46K)
Date of entry/update: 04 October 2011


Title: BURMA: The absence of normative and institutional frameworks to protect human rights in Myanmar
Date of publication: 24 August 2010
Description/subject: HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Fifteenth session, Agenda Item 4, General Debate A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status....."...After a decade or more of intense work on Myanmar in international human rights gatherings, and after the compilation and submission of vast quantities of information about the factual situation in the country at considerable effort and often great risk on the part of large numbers of human rights defenders in the country and abroad, it is not only disingenuous but insulting for the Council to continue to do no more than make the same carefully worded calls that are disconnected from reality and lacking in either intellectual or moral fibre. The absence of either normative or institutional frameworks for the protections of human rights in Myanmar precludes business as usual. It must be said plainly and clearly that the Council has failed utterly to address the situation of human rights in Myanmar; that the Council has been amply informed about the real situation in the country and cannot pretend that the normative and institutional frameworks for the protection of human rights exist when they do not. The question remains as to what, given these facts, the Council can do about it."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC-CWS-15-04-2010)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 02 September 2010


Title: MYANMAR: Institutionalized denial of fundamental rights and the 2008 Constitution of Myanmar -- Human Rights Council, 12th Session
Date of publication: 07 September 2009
Description/subject: "...The deeply flawed 2008 Constitution further entrenches arrangements for abuses of the sorts outlined above, and any serious attempts from the international community to take up issues of concern to the people of Myanmar in the lead up to and after the anticipated election must respond to the peculiar variety of unconstitutional constitutionalism that it envisages. In particular, the following aspects of the charter must be brought to the foreground and addressed before it is possible to proceed to more in-depth discussion about human rights in Myanmar under a government operating according to its parameters:..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Asian Human Rights Commission via UN Human Rights Council (A/HRC/12/NGO/21)
Format/size: pdf (36K)
Date of entry/update: 04 December 2009


Title: Human Rights Council - 7th session: Joint Statement
Date of publication: 13 March 2008
Language: English
Source/publisher: INFID, Forum-Asia, ASK, CORE, PDSP, WILPF
Format/size: pdf (91K)
Date of entry/update: 19 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 7th session: Joint Statement
Date of publication: 13 March 2008
Language: English
Source/publisher: Worldview International Foundation, International Federation for Human Rights
Format/size: pdf (90K)
Date of entry/update: 19 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 7th session: Oral Statement by Anti-Slavery International
Date of publication: 13 March 2008
Description/subject: Focus on the Rohingyas
Language: English
Source/publisher: Anti-Slavery International
Format/size: pdf (80K)
Date of entry/update: 18 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 7th session: Oral Statement by Human Rights First
Date of publication: 13 March 2008
Language: English
Source/publisher: Human Rights First
Format/size: pdf (80K)
Date of entry/update: 19 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 7th session: Oral Statement by Human Rights Watch
Date of publication: 13 March 2008
Language: English
Source/publisher: Human Rights Watch
Format/size: pdf (86K)
Date of entry/update: 19 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 7th session: Oral Statement by Reporters Without Borders
Date of publication: 13 March 2008
Language: English
Source/publisher: Reporters Without Borders
Format/size: pdf (62K)
Date of entry/update: 19 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 7th session: Oral Statement by the International Commission of Jurists
Date of publication: 13 March 2008
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Commission of Jurists
Format/size: pdf (88K)
Date of entry/update: 19 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council -7th session: Oral Statement by the Asian Legal Resource Centre
Date of publication: 13 March 2008
Language: English
Source/publisher: Asian Legal Resource Centre
Format/size: pdf (61K)
Date of entry/update: 18 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 7th session: Written Statement by Human Rights First
Date of publication: 28 February 2008
Description/subject: Statement on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar
Language: English
Source/publisher: Human Rights First (A/HRC/7/NGO/85)
Format/size: pdf (33K)
Date of entry/update: 19 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 7th Session: Written Statement by the Asian Legal Resource Centre
Date of publication: 28 February 2008
Description/subject: MYANMAR: Utter lawlessness in the aftermath of September 2007
Language: English
Source/publisher: Asian Legal Resource Centre (A/HRC/7/NGO/38)
Format/size: pdf (27K)
Date of entry/update: 18 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 7th Session: Written Statement by Amnesty International
Date of publication: 27 February 2008
Description/subject: The situation of human rights in Myanmar
Language: English
Source/publisher: Amnesty International (A/HRC/7/NGO/94)
Format/size: pdf (24K)
Date of entry/update: 18 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 7th session: Written Statement by Society for Threatened Peoples
Date of publication: 25 February 2008
Language: English
Source/publisher: Society for Threatened Peoples (A/HRC/7/NGO/52)
Format/size: pdf (17K)
Date of entry/update: 19 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 7th session: Written Statement by Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Date of publication: 25 February 2008
Language: English
Source/publisher: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (A/HRC/7/NGO/62)
Format/size: pdf (14K)
Date of entry/update: 19 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 7th Session: Written statement by the Asian Legal Resource Centre
Date of publication: 22 February 2008
Description/subject: MYANMAR: Political psychosis, legal dementia and systemic abuses of human rights
Language: English
Source/publisher: Asian Legal Resource Centre (A/HRC/7/NGO/39)
Format/size: pdf (28K)
Date of entry/update: 18 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 6th session: Oral statement by the International Commission of Jurists
Date of publication: 12 December 2007
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Commission of Jurists
Format/size: pdf (243K)
Date of entry/update: 29 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 6th session: Joint oral statement by 7 Asian NGOs
Date of publication: 11 December 2007
Language: English
Source/publisher: NGOs
Format/size: pdf (100K)
Date of entry/update: 29 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 6th session: Joint oral statement by the National Human Rights Institutions of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand
Date of publication: 11 December 2007
Language: English
Source/publisher: NHRIs
Format/size: pdf (50K)
Date of entry/update: 29 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 6th session: Oral statement by Amnesty International
Date of publication: 11 December 2007
Language: English
Source/publisher: Amnesty International
Format/size: pdf (78K)
Date of entry/update: 29 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 6th session: Oral Statement by Human Rights Watch
Date of publication: 11 December 2007
Language: English
Source/publisher: Human Rights Watch
Format/size: pdf (130K)
Date of entry/update: 29 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 6th session: Oral Statement by Reporters Without Borders
Date of publication: 11 December 2007
Language: English
Source/publisher: Reporters Without Borders
Format/size: pdf (79K)
Date of entry/update: 29 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 6th session: Oral Statement by the Asian Legal Resource Centre
Date of publication: 11 December 2007
Language: English
Source/publisher: Asian Legal Resource Centre
Format/size: pdf (64K)
Date of entry/update: 29 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 6th session: Oral Statement by the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)
Date of publication: 11 December 2007
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)
Format/size: pdf (90K)
Date of entry/update: 29 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 6th session: Oral Statement by World View International
Date of publication: 11 December 2007
Language: English
Source/publisher: World View International
Format/size: pdf (109K)
Date of entry/update: 29 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 5th Special Session: Joint Statement by 15 NGOs
Date of publication: 02 October 2007
Description/subject: Joint Statement by: 1. Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) 2. International NGO Forum on Indonesia Development (INFID) 3. Pax Romana – International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs and International Movement of Catholic Students) 4. People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD) 5. Peace Boat 6. MINBYUN- Lawyers for Democratic Society 7. International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) 8. Asian Indegeneous and Tribal People’s Network (AITPN) 9. Ain O Salish Kendro (Ask) 10. Law and Mediation Centre 11. Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) 12. Earth Rights International 13. International Women’s Rights Action Watch (IWRAW) 14. Asian Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Asia, 15. Tebtebba Foundation (Indigenous People’s International Centre for Policy Research and Education)...The Statement has been endorsed by 243 human rights organisations.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Fifteen NGOs
Format/size: pdf (37K)
Date of entry/update: 31 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 5th Special Session: Oral Statement by Amnesty International
Date of publication: 02 October 2007
Language: English
Source/publisher: Amnesty International
Format/size: pdf (72K)
Date of entry/update: 31 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 5th Special Session: Oral Statement by Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC)
Date of publication: 02 October 2007
Language: English
Source/publisher: Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC)
Format/size: pdf (101K)
Date of entry/update: 31 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 5th Special Session: Oral Statement by FIDH
Date of publication: 02 October 2007
Language: English
Source/publisher: FIDH
Format/size: pdf (84K)
Date of entry/update: 31 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 5th Special Session: Oral Statement by the International Commission oif Jurists
Date of publication: 02 October 2007
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Commission oif Jurists
Format/size: pdf (108K)
Date of entry/update: 31 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 5th Special Session: Oral Statement by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Date of publication: 02 October 2007
Language: English
Source/publisher: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Format/size: pdf (86K)
Date of entry/update: 31 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 5th Special Session: Oral Statement by UN Watch
Date of publication: 02 October 2007
Language: English
Source/publisher: UN Watch
Format/size: pdf (59K)
Date of entry/update: 31 March 2008


Title: Human Rights Council - 6th session: Oral Statement by Worldview International Foundation
Date of publication: 14 September 2007
Language: English
Source/publisher: Worldview International Foundation
Format/size: pdf (100K)
Date of entry/update: 30 March 2008