Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar, Tom Andrews
Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America
As Delivered by Mark Cassayre
Chargé d’affaires, U.S. Mission Geneva
Human Rights Council – 46th Session
March 11, 2021
Thank you, Mr. Andrews, for your continued focus on human rights in Myanmar following the February 1 coup. The United States strongly supports the independence of mandate holders.
We stand with the people of Myanmar as they pursue democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms, and respect for the rule of law.
We call on all members of the international community to join efforts to press the military to refrain from violence against peaceful protestors and restore power to the democratically elected government.
We urge the Myanmar military to immediately restore power to the democratically elected government; refrain from further violence; release those unjustly detained; respect freedom of expression, movement, and association; refrain from harassment and detention of journalists; allow unhindered humanitarian access to life-saving assistance for all people in need; and lift restrictions on telecommunications and Internet access.
What actions will encourage the military to refrain from violence and return power to the democratically elected government?