The Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Amb. Vincenzo Grassi, took the floor today in the Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Thomas Andrews, in the framework of the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council.
Italy condemned the military coup of 1st February 2021 and expressed its concern about the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Myanmar. “We urge the military regime to immediately end attacks against civilians, including children, and other human rights violations, such as extrajudicial killings, torture and sexual violence, as well as violations and abuses against Rohingya and other minorities”, the Permanent Representative of Italy stated.
Italy also deplored the capital executions carried out in Myanmar and reiterated its appeal to reinstate a moratorium of the death penalty. It further highlighted the urgent need for the military regime to respect the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, and to promote an inclusive dialogue with all relevant stakeholders in order to restore democracy and the rule of law.
By recalling the adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution 2669 (2022), Italy called for the full implementation of ASEAN’s Five-Point Consensus, the release of all those arbitrarily detained, and a full and unhindered humanitarian access.
It finally reaffirmed its full support for the work of the Special Rapporteur, of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and his Office, as well as of the Independent Investigative Mechanism, recognizing their fundamental contribution to ensure accountability and justice for all people in Myanmar.