National statement by the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Item 4 – Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar

Madam President,

The Kingdom of the Netherlands aligns itself with the EU statement.

Mr Andrews,

Thank you for your report. We strongly support the continuation of your mandate and call on Myanmar to fully cooperate and grant you unfettered access.

The Netherlands strongly condemns the military coup and the use of excessive and lethal force by the military and police against peaceful protestors. We are deeply concerned about current restrictions to freedoms of expression, assembly and association, and access to information, which are not in line with international obligations. We stand in solidarity with those who risk their lives simply because of their commitment to a democratic future built on human rights and fundamental freedoms.

We call for the immediate end to the state of emergency, the restoration of the legitimate civilian government and the opening of the elected parliament. The military must immediately and unconditionally release all who have been arbitrarily detained. Those responsible for violence against peaceful protestors must be held responsible.

Because justice for victims is crucial for the future of Myanmar. The Netherlands recalls the International Court of Justice provisional measures order, the ongoing International Criminal Court investigation and the work of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar. 

Mr Andrews,

Your report does not address accountability in great detail. How do you see your role in ensuring that the current violations will be included in accountability processes? 

Thank you.