On behalf of the European Union and all co-sponsors of the draft resolution on the situation of Human Rights in Myanmar, I have the honour to request your support to the adoption of L.41/Rev.1. On this occasion, I would like to announce that Switzerland has just joined the list of co-sponsors.
This draft resolution contains an urgent appeal from the international community to the Government of Myanmar to ensure full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for its people.
It is indeed a cause for great concern that, despite international efforts, the human rights situation continues to be extremely worrying and has further deteriorated since the General Assembly last considered the issue.
We have all watched as last September the Government of Myanmar violently repressed peaceful demonstrations, killing and arbitrarily detaining a large number of citizens who were exercising their rights to freedom of opinion and expression and to peaceful assembly and association.
In echoing the call from the Human Rights Council, this draft calls upon the Government of Myanmar to exercise utmost restraint and to desist from further arrests and violence and to release without delay those who have been arbitrarily arrested and detained, as well as all political prisoners.
It also calls on the Government of Myanmar to cooperate fully with the Special Rapporteur in the implementation of the Human Rights Council resolution, including by granting him access to the country which was finally given after four years.
We believe in cooperation. We want to encourage the continuing engagement of the Government of Myanmar with the United Nations on the situation of human rights and the restoration of democracy.
That is why we welcome in this draft the different steps taken by the Government in this regard, the most recent ones being the visit by the Special Rapporteur last week which is welcomed in OP3 (a) or the appointment of a Minister for relations with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and their meetings which is reflected in the new OP3 (h) that was introduced in this Rev.1
That is also why we are requesting to the Secretary-General to continue to provide his good offices through his Special Adviser and to the Government of Myanmar to give serious consideration to his recommendations and proposals and to cooperate fully with him in finding a peaceful solution aiming at achieving effective progress towards the restoration of democracy and the protection of human rights in Myanmar.
In this regard, we would like to note the overwhelming support by the international community to this mandate, which should be reflected through support to this draft resolution.
We have made an effort to discuss and negotiate this text with the delegation of Myanmar. We recognise that they also made an effort, for which we are grateful, although it was not sufficient. But unfortunately, we were unable to reach a consensus and we do not believe the General Assembly should remain silent.
I am therefore pleading with all delegations to speak in favour of the people of Myanmar by supporting this resolution today.
I thank you Mr. Chairman.