UN Special Rapporteur On Myanmar Human Rights Council 29 June 2022
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UN Special Rapporteur On Myanmar - Human Rights Council 29 June 2022

Myanmar: shocking toll on country’s children must be spur to action, Human Rights Council hears

Myanmar’s military junta are responsible for shocking violence against children caught up in the bloody aftermath of last February’s coup, a top Human Rights Council-appointed investigator said on Wednesday.

Three months since his last update to the UN rights forum in Geneva, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Thomas Andrews, said that he’d met youngsters who’d fled the country after suffering “irreparable harm”.

Myanmar – whose seat was empty in the Council - “passed several grim milestones since March”, he continued: “more than 2,500 civilians have now been killed in the junta’s bloody campaign against its opponents; over one million people are now internally displaced.”

The number of arbitrarily detained political prisoners now exceeds 11,000, Mr. Andrews said, before warning that the junta “has announced that executions will soon begin of political prisoners who have been put on death row”.

Amid widespread public opposition to Myanmar’s de facto rulers, the independent rights expert described how the military had “trained its guns on growing numbers of villagers and other non-combatants” and “accelerated a brutal campaign of arson and murder in the northwest.

The task of reporting on such abuses amounts has been complicated by internet shutdowns which “which, of course is the intention, the very intention, of the military”, Mr. Andrews said, before describing in detail the abuse meted out to youngsters suspected of having links to opposition fighters.   

“At least 382 children have been killed or maimed; more than 1,400 children have been arbitrarily detained…142 children have been tortured since the coup.”

He added: “These children have been beaten, cut and stabbed; they have been burned with cigarettes; they have had their fingernails and teeth pulled out; they have been forced to hold stress positions; they have been subjected to mock executions; they have been sexually assaulted.”

Such crimes and “repeated attacks on civilians” constituted war crimes and crimes against humanity, insisted the Special Rapporteur, who is an independent and unpaid rights expert, appointed by the Human Rights Council for three years, in line with special procedures mandates.

Failure to take action soon risks an even worse humanitarian crisis in Myanmar, where relief work has been seriously hampered because the UN’s 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan for Myanmar is only 10.5 per cent funded. “This has meant that lifesaving programs have had to be suspended,” Mr. Andrews explained.

Some “33,000 children could die of preventable deaths this year alone, merely because they have missed routine immunizations,” the Special Rapporteur added. “Five million children require urgent humanitarian assistance. Experts warn of a looming food crisis and the possibility of a dramatic increase in rates of childhood malnutrition and stunting. Physical and sexual abuse, the trafficking of children and child labour are all on the rise. Girls are particularly vulnerable to forced marriage and sexual exploitation.”

After insisting that the international community’s approach to Myanmar “is not working”, Mr. Andrews urged the Security Council to take action.

“The people of Myanmar continue to wait for the Security Council to even consider a resolution about Myanmar,” he said. “Some Members have failed to impose sanctions on the junta, even when they have done so in response to other crises. Member States who have adopted sanctions have too often failed to strategically coordinate these sanctions. Many have failed to target the junta’s largest sources of revenue and their ability to move funds. ASEAN’s Five-Point Consensus has failed to generate any tangible outcomes.”

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STORY: UN Special Rapporteur On Myanmar - Human Rights Council

TRT: 3 mins 21s

SOURCE: UNTV CH

RESTRICTIONS: NONE

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/NATS

ASPECT RATIO: 16:9

DATELINE: 29 June 2022 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

SHOTLIST

 

  1. Exterior medium shot, flag alley, UN Geneva.
  2. Wide, 50th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, delegates seated.
  3. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): Thomas Andrews, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar: “In the three months since my last report to you, Myanmar has passed several grim milestones: more than 2,500 civilians have now been killed in the junta’s bloody campaign against its opponents; over one million people are now internally displaced. The number of arbitrarily detained political prisoners now exceeds 11,000. The junta has announced that executions will soon begin of political prisoners who have been put on death row. In the face of widespread public opposition to the junta, the military has trained its guns on growing numbers of villagers and other non-combatants. In northwest Myanmar, the military has accelerated a brutal campaign of arson and murder. Internet shutdowns imposed in the region make it difficult to document atrocities, which, of course is the intention, the very intention, of the military.”
  4. Medium, Special Rapporteur and Human Rights Council President, rear shot, with spectacular shot of the Council’s multicoloured ceiling above.
  5. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): Thomas Andrews, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar: “These repeated attacks on civilians - as well as other grave human rights violations - constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.”
  6. Medium, empty seats at Myanmar delegation’s place in the Council.
  7. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): Thomas Andrews, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar: “At least 382 children have been killed or maimed; more than 1,400 children have been arbitrarily detained. I also report that 142 children have been tortured since the coup.”
  8. Wide, Human Rights Council podium speakers, delegates and ceiling.
  9. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): Thomas Andrews, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar: “33,000 children could die of preventable deaths this year alone, merely because they have missed routine immunizations. Five million children require urgent humanitarian assistance. Experts warn of a looming food crisis and the possibility of a dramatic increase in rates of childhood malnutrition and stunting. Physical and sexual abuse, the trafficking of children and child labour are all on the rise. Girls are particularly vulnerable to forced marriage and sexual exploitation.”
  10. Medium shot, TV screen showing image of Mr. Andrews speaking, Council floor to rear.
  11. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): Thomas Andrews, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar: “The people of Myanmar continue to wait for the Security Council to even consider a resolution about Myanmar. Some Members have failed to impose sanctions on the junta, even when they have done so in response to other crises. Member States who have adopted sanctions have too often failed to strategically coordinate these sanctions. Many have failed to target the junta’s largest sources of revenue and their ability to move funds. ASEAN’s Five-Point Consensus has failed to generate any tangible outcomes.”
  12. Wide shot: Council floor, delegates seated, gallery and ceiling.
  13. Close: Mr. Andrews’s head, partly in shot, wearing conference listening device.
  14. Medium-wide: delegates, masked, from China, Cameroon and Brazil.
  15. Medium: Myanmar’s empty seat behind nameplate.
  16. Wide: podium speakers, large screens showing Mr. Andrews speaking.

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