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Myanmar: Human Rights

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL13548, tabled on 22 February 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to convene a Special Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council to address the human rights situation in Myanmar.

Answered on

9 March 2021

The UK worked quickly after the coup, in conjunction with the EU, to convene a Special Session of the Human Rights Council on 12 February. We secured a resolution, agreed by consensus, which called for the immediate and unconditional release of all persons arbitrarily detained in Myanmar, and the lifting of the state of emergency. During this session, the UK read a statement submitted by elected Myanmar MPs, calling for support and an investigation into human rights violations.

As a champion of the rules based international order, and democratic government, we are driving the international response, including in our role as President of both the G7 and UNSC, urging the military to immediately hand back power to the Government that was democratically elected in November 2020.