Human Rights Council calls on Myanmar to accept a follow-up mission

Press release

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) welcomes the decision of the Human Rights Council to request a follow-up mission of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar/Burma to the country.

We however deplore that the resolution fails to condemn the military junta, in light of the bloody repression of the peacefull demonstration of Septembre 2007. We further regret that the Special Rapporteur’s mandate was not extended to include a « support team », that would have enabled a broader documentation of the human rights abuses.

Following the Special Session of the Council of Octobre 3^rd 2007 on Myanmar, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar was able to undertake his first visit to the country since 2004.

In his report presented to this session of the Council, the Rapporteur echoed the concerns documented by the FIDH in its report « The Saffron revolution is not over» released early Decembre, on the responsabilities behind the massive repression that occured following the peacefull demonstrations in Septembre.

We deeply regret the refusal expressed by the governments of India, China and Russia to the proposal to establish a support team of the OHCHR, that would accompany the follow-up mission of Prof. Pinheiro, or to include condemnation of the junta in the resolution.

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