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Statement of Italy during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar at the 56th session of the Human Rights Council

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The Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Vincenzo Grassi, took the floor today during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Thomas Andrews, in the framework of the 56th session of the Human Rights Council.

Ambassador Grassi reiterated Italy’s firm condemnation of the brutal repression of the people of Myanmar by the military regime, as well as its deep concern for the expanding humanitarian crisis across the country. He then called on the end of all attacks against civilians and of any human rights violation or abuse. Italy also deplored the imposition of forced conscription, including of Rohingya, which is causing further internal and regional displacement, and risks exacerbating communities divides and ethnic tensions.

Ambassador Grassi then highlighted the necessity of guaranteeing accountability for serious crimes and, in that regard, confirmed Italy’s support to the work of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar (IIMM). Furthermore, he restated Italy’s demand for unimpeded humanitarian access and for the release of those arbitrarily detained, stressing the importance of an inclusive dialogue with all stakeholders to ensure a durable democratic process.

 

Read the full statement.