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Myanmar: UN Expert Urges States To Impose Arms Embargo


GENEVA (7 May 2021) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the
situation of human rights in Myanmar, Tom Andrews, today
welcomed the call by a broad number of civil society
organizations to impose an arms embargo on Myanmar’s
military junta, and encouraged States to take their own
actions immediately.

“Stopping the flow of weapons
and dual-use weapons technology into the hands of the
military junta of Myanmar is literally a matter of life and
death. There is no time to lose,” said Andrews.

“I
applaud the efforts of more than 200 organisations to bring
this to the attention of the UN Security Council. Action to
stop the flow of deadly weapons into the hands of those who
are using them to massacre their own people is needed
now.

“I urge governments who support cutting the
flow of weapons to a brutal military junta to consider
immediately establishing their own arms embargo against
Myanmar while simultaneously encouraging UN Security Council
action.

“Bilateral arms embargoes should encompass
weapons and dual-use technology, including surveillance
equipment. Together, they will represent an important step
forward to literally taking guns out of the hands of those
killing innocent men, women and children.”

Andrews
said he was currently updating a list of States that have
established arms embargoes against Myanmar. In his March
report
* to the Human Rights Council, he identified those
nations that had already established arms embargoes against
Myanmar.

“It is my hope that those who have yet to
impose an arms embargo will do so in light of the horror
that the Myanmar military continues to inflict on its
citizens every day. I intend to publish this updated list
next month,” he said.

“Additionally, I urge
organizations and advocates who have called for UN Security
Council action to simultaneously urge governments to impose
their own arms embargo. They can begin by carefully
reviewing the list of nations who have established arms
embargoes, and reach out to those who have yet to do
so.”

ENDS

*See page 50, Report
of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights
in Myanmar
, Thomas H. Andrews, Human Rights
Council, Forty-sixth session, 22 February–19 March
2021.

Mr. Thomas Andrews
(United States of America) is the
Special
Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in
Myanmar
. A former member of the US Congress from
Maine, Andrews is a
Robina Senior Human Rights Fellow
at Yale Law School and an Associate of Harvard
University’s Asia Center. He has worked with the National
Democratic Institute for International Affairs and
parliamentarians, NGOs and political parties in Cambodia,
Indonesia, Algeria, Croatia, Serbia, Ukraine and Yemen. He
has been a consultant for the National Coalition Government
of the Union of Burma and the Euro-Burma Network and has run
advocacy NGOs including Win Without War and United to End
Genocide.

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