“The Republic of Korea can play a significant management position in denying the Myanmar junta the means to proceed holding 54 million folks hostage whereas turning into a pacesetter in offering humanitarian help to these in determined want’’, stated Tom Andrews, UN Particular Rapporteur on the state of affairs of human rights in Myanmar, in a assertion on Monday.
‘Lead by instance’
He urged the Authorities of South Korea to construct on the optimistic steps it has taken, together with publicly denouncing the coup, imposing an arms embargo, and issuing a moratorium on pressured returns of Myanmar nationals again to their nation.
“The ROK can lead by instance to stop Myanmar nationals from being forcibly returned to Myanmar from different international locations”, stated the Particular Rapporteur, including that given the brutal violence perpetrated by the junta, “no nation ought to drive anybody again to Myanmar”.
“The ROK has established an unambiguous coverage that protects folks from being pressured again to Myanmar. It needs to be thought of as a mannequin for all international locations within the area.”
Individuals below siege
Mr. Andrews highlighted ROK’s distinctive place to positively influence the state of affairs in Myanmar.
“Not solely is the ROK a robust regional energy with a vibrant economic system and a member of ASEAN+3, however as I realized in my travels right here, the folks of the ROK can establish deeply with a people who find themselves below siege and but are additionally defiant and dedicated to undoing the shackles of a army dictatorship”, he stated.
“Now it’s time for the ROK to construct upon the optimistic steps it has taken and remodel its political help and empathy for Myanmar into even stronger motion’’.
Stepping up help
The Particular Rapporteur additionally made a number of ideas, together with that ROK “denounce the fraudulent elections” that the junta is planning for subsequent yr, impose financial sanctions on key financial targets related to the junta, and broaden upon its humane therapy of Myanmar nationals residing within the ROK whereas encouraging Myanmar’s neighbours to “do the identical”.
Whereas the humanitarian visa programme permits Myanmar nationals with legitimate visas within the ROK to legally prolong their keep and have entry to employment, he urged the Authorities to “deepen these efforts by making certain that every one individuals from Myanmar residing within the ROK, together with irregular migrants, can regularize their standing, to keep away from exploitation and abuse”.
Throughout his go to, Andrews met authorities officers, civil society and human rights representatives, main Korean enterprise leaders with operations in Myanmar and ethnic teams within the nation.
The unbiased skilled travelled to town of Gwangju, the place he visited memorial websites of the Could 18 Revolution and met with members of the Gwangju Myanmar solidarity motion.
Mr. Andrews, like all Particular Rapporteurs, was appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to look at and report again on a selected human rights theme or nation state of affairs. His place is honorary and he isn’t paid for his work.