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U.N. Human Rights Council investigates violations and growing concerns in Myanmar and Iran amid escalating violence

April 5, 2024

Protesters run after police shot warning shots and used water cannon to disperse them during a protest in Mandalay, Myanmar on Feb. 9, 2021. [Image credit: AP Photo/Uncredited]

Cited article by the Associated Press

HRRC issues an immediate call for concerted international measures to address the persistent human rights violations in Myanmar and Iran. Urgent action is imperative to curb the reported abuses by the respective governments, particularly in Myanmar, where escalating violence against civilians demands immediate attention.

News Brief

The United Nations' Human Rights Council, comprised of 47 member nations, reached a consensus on measures targeting Myanmar and Iran for alleged human rights abuses. In response to reports of Myanmar's military junta using violence against its citizens, the council endorsed actions to discourage the export or sale of jet fuel to Myanmar, aimed at preventing potential human rights violations. Additionally, the council called for an end to illegal arms transfers to Myanmar amid escalating violence, as highlighted by an independent expert's recent report detailing increased military aggression against civilians.

Meanwhile, the council addressed human rights concerns in Iran by extending investigations into rights violations related to protests since September 2022. Germany's Foreign Ministry emphasized the significance of this action, reaffirming the international community's commitment to holding accountable those responsible for rights abuses in Iran. The extension follows revelations of government involvement in incidents such as the death of Mahsa Amini, triggering widespread protests and a subsequent crackdown that resulted in numerous casualties and detentions. Additionally, the council voted to prolong separate investigations into human rights situations in Ukraine, Syria, and South Sudan for another year.


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