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Human Rights Council – Special Session on “the human rights implications of the crisis in Myanmar”. Statement by the Permanent Representative of Italy, Ambassador Gian Lorenzo Cornado.

The Human Rights Council held today a Special Session on “the human rights implications of the crisis in Myanmar” following the joint urgent request by the United Kingdom and the European Union, which has been supported by 45 States so far.

“Italy strongly condemns the military coup in Myanmar, as it abruptly overturned the electoral will of the citizens”, stated Ambassador Gian Lorenzo Cornado, Permanent Representative of Italy as member of the Human Rights Council. “The military regime must, immediately and unconditionally, release the President of the Republic, the State Counsellor and all those who have been unjustly arrested and detained” he declared.

Aligning itself with the statement of the EU, Italy asked the military to abide by the principles of democracy, rule of law and good governance, granting the respect and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Ambassador Cornado recalled that “Italy has always been committed to support Myanmar democratic transition and national reconciliation process”. “This is why we call on regional and international partners to work together in the pursuit of a swift solution and we stand ready to do our part”, he concluded.

Read the full speech by clicking here.