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Statement on International Human Rights Day 2022

10 December 2022

1.  Today marks the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) that was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on the 10 December 1948. Human Rights Day 2022 is being marked worldwide with the theme “Dignity, Freedom and Justice for All” and Myanmar People are also taking part by several online and ground campaigns. Many countries will celebrate this day with their freedoms and human rights protected and promoted, but sadly this will not be the case in far too many countries, including Myanmar. 

2.  In Myanmar, the military junta is perpetrating the most egregious of human rights violations against citizens and deliberately targeting the legitimate elected lawmakers and democracy defenders.  Since the military junta launched its unlawful coup in February 2021, unlawful arrests, extrajudicial killings, torture, rape and property seizure, have become common place for the military junta. Over 2,565 civilians have now been killed and 16,540 civilians more arbitrarily detained.

3.  Although the international community including ASEAN has repeatedly called for the military junta to stop the violence, and halt the executions, the military has not only continued the violence but escalated it.  The military junta recently ordered Judges to impose death sentences on seven (7) students from Dagon University. Over 140 people have now been sentenced to death for resisting the military coup with four people including one prominent democracy leader and one former law maker executed by this brutal military junta.

4.  Thousands of people are now displaced, the cruellest air-attacks deployed in civilian areas namely where Ethnic Nationalities reside.  These are accompanied by numerous indiscriminate bombings in civilian areas and targeted arson attacks on homes, villages and even schools. The military junta has even unlawfully seized homes of those detained or those who have been forced to flee.

5.  These acts of the military coup leader Min Aung Hlaing and his illegitimate and unlawful State Administrative Council are responsible along with him for the systematic operation of killings of people for those who dare resist. Furthermore, in an act of political treachery Min Aung Hlaing publicly agreed in the presence of ASEAN leaders that he accepted the ASEAN Five-Points Consensus, yet belligerently ignore it the very day after agreeing to it. This was the military junta’s first, but not the last, slap in the face to ASEAN leaders. 

6.  We, the CRPH on behalf of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, commit to hold the military junta accountable for their long reign of terror against Ethnic Nationalities and democracy defenders to bring justice to all people of Myanmar. 

7.  We mark Human Rights Day by reiterating our call to the United Nations, ASEAN, AIPA lawmakers, the European Parliament and the international community to support us to have the killings halted, and to help save many lives by enforcing effective actions on these military leaders and their close backers.

The Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw

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