OHCHR / MYANMAR HUMAN RIGHTS

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The UN Human Rights Office is closely monitoring developments in Myanmar where anti-military armed groups and their allies have made significant advances and several hundred soldiers have reportedly chosen to lay down their weapons. UNTV CH

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DATELINE: 17 NOVEMBER 2023, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior, Flag Alley, Palais des Nations

17 NOVEMBER 2023, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, press room dais
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremy Laurence, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“It is essential that Myanmar soldiers who are captured are treated humanely. Reprisals are absolutely forbidden – individual soldiers are not collectively responsible for crimes and human rights violations that have been committed by the military.”
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremy Laurence, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Amidst rapidly changing circumstances on the ground, it is imperative that all parties strictly respect international human rights law and international humanitarian law, particularly to protect civilians. Commanders must make this clear to armed personnel under their direction and control.”
6. Wide shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremy Laurence, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We are particularly alarmed by renewed fighting between the military and Arakan Army in Rakhine State after an informal 12-month ceasefire, which poses grave risks to both the ethnic Rakhine and Rohingya communities.”
8. Med shot, press room dais
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremy Laurence, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We are concerned, given past patterns, that as the military loses ground on multiple fronts, its response risks unleashing an even greater force, through indiscriminate and disproportionate air strikes and artillery barrages. Over the past two years, we have documented the severe impact of such tactics on the civilian population.”
10. Various shots, press room dais

STORYLINE:

The UN Human Rights Office is closely monitoring developments in Myanmar where anti-military armed groups and their allies have made significant advances and several hundred soldiers have reportedly chosen to lay down their weapons.

“It is essential that Myanmar soldiers who are captured are treated humanely. Reprisals are absolutely forbidden – individual soldiers are not collectively responsible for crimes and human rights violations that have been committed by the military,” UN Human Rights Office spokesperson Jeremy Laurence told the biweekly press briefing in Geneva on Friday.

“Amidst rapidly changing circumstances on the ground, it is imperative that all parties strictly respect international human rights law and international humanitarian law, particularly to protect civilians. Commanders must make this clear to armed personnel under their direction and control,” the spokesperson said.

In the fighting so far, it is reported that around 70 civilians and those hors de combat have been killed and over 90 wounded, with more than 200,000 internally displaced since 27 October.

“We are particularly alarmed by renewed fighting between the military and Arakan Army in Rakhine State after an informal 12-month ceasefire, which poses grave risks to both the ethnic Rakhine and Rohingya communities,” Laurence highlighted.

“We are concerned, given past patterns, that as the military loses ground on multiple fronts, its response risks unleashing an even greater force, through indiscriminate and disproportionate air strikes and artillery barrages. Over the past two years, we have documented the severe impact of such tactics on the civilian population,” Laurence said.

The UN Human Rights Office is calling afresh on Member States, especially those with influence on the parties, to intervene decisively with intensified efforts to end this crisis and protect the civilian population, and to renew pressure for the peaceful transfer of power to a representative, civilian government.
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