Press Statement

Myanmar categorically rejects the statement of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Michelle Bachelet pertaining to the situation in Myanmar issued on 11 June 2021. It is learnt that the facts mentioned in the statement are lack of accuracy and impartiality.

The report mentioned the attacks on schools and religious bulidings and the uses of public housing by the Tatmadaw which leads to misunderstanding to the public. However, the report neither mentioned nor condemned the acts of sabotage and terrorism committed by the unlawful associations and terrorist groups as well as the sufferings and deaths of the security forces.

In connection with the attacks on schools, those who support unlawful associations and terrorist groups such as the so-called National Unity Government and the People’s Defence Forces do not want teachers and civil servants to perform their assigned duties and has committed arson and bomb attacks against schools which caused killings of innocent civilians including administrative and educational personnel.

In carrying out public safety duties, the Tatmadaw has been paying special attention to ensure the safety of innocent people, the law enforcement and the rule of law within the existing legal framework. When the use of force is necessary, the security forces are exercising the minimum use of force for self-defence purpose and maximum restraint to address the violence.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has been mandated to promote and protect all human rights for all in an impartial manner in line with the United Nations General Assembly’s Resolution A/RES/48/141 dated 7 January 1994. Thus, in accordance with her mandate, she needs to be fair and impartial while performing her duties, particularly addressing the situation of the country.

Myanmar wishes her to conduct her works in an impartial, objective and constructive manner while upholding the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Nay Pyi Taw.
Date 13-6-2021