07 Jul 2021
STATEMENT BY SINGAPORE DURING THE INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE WITH THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN MYANMAR DURING THE 47TH REGULAR SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL, 7 JULY 2021
Singapore thanks the Special Rapporteur for his oral progress report. Singapore has taken a clear and consistent position on the situation in Myanmar since the developments of 1 February 2021.
Singapore is gravely concerned with the continued use of lethal force against civilians and unarmed demonstrators, which is inexcusable under any circumstances. We call on the Myanmar military authorities to put an end to further violence and bloodshed, and for all sides to refrain from escalating tensions. We also call for the release of all political detainees including foreigners, and for meaningful negotiations and dialogue amongst all key stakeholders in Myanmar.
Singapore has consistently supported regional and international efforts to maintain constructive engagement with Myanmar, including by calling for the expeditious implementation, without further delay, of ASEAN’s “Five Point Consensus” which was agreed in a meeting of ASEAN Leaders and the Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar military. We have also consistently registered ASEAN and the international community’s grave concerns about the situation in Myanmar to the Myanmar military.
Singapore will continue to support the efforts of ASEAN and the UN Secretary-General. We will do what we can to facilitate a return to normalcy, peace and stability in Myanmar. But there must also be a genuine desire within Myanmar for meaningful dialogue, negotiation and reconciliation. The key stakeholders in Myanmar must find the political will to achieve a durable political solution that is in the interest of the people of Myanmar. Singapore is ready to do our part.
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