Myanmar & other topics – Daily Briefing (2 February 2021)

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Daily Press Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General.

– Myanmar

– Sudan

– South Sudan

– Mali

– Iraq

– Madagascar


– Children on the Move

– Child Trafficking

– Fisheries

– Captain Tom

– Honour Roll


This morning the Security Council held closed consultations on Myanmar. 

In her briefing to Council members, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Christine Schraner Burgener, strongly condemned the recent steps taken by the military. She urged Council members to collectively send a clear signal in support of democracy in Myanmar. 

The Special Envoy said that, given the apparent commitment by the military to safeguard the rule of law following the November 8th elections, this turn of events was surprising and shocking. 

She said she had been in contact with the military leadership as recently as one day before the takeover. They said that communication had been ongoing with the Government and Union Election Commission. 

The Special Envoy also called for the immediate release of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Win Myint, and dozens of political leaders, family members and activists who have been detained.

She reiterated that this is a serious blow to democratic reforms in Myanmar.  

Ms. Schraner Burgener said that the declaration of the Statement of Emergency and the arrest of civilian leadership are unconstitutional and illegal.

It will be crucial for all to refrain from violence, fully respecting human rights and 

fundamental freedoms, she said, stressing that we cannot allow for a full backsliding since Myanmar opened up in 2011. 


The head of the new UN Integrated Transitional Assistance Mission in Sudan, that’s UNITAMS, has arrived in the country. 

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Volker Perthes, said he looked forward to working with the transitional authorities and the people of Sudan.  

He added that he will devote his energy to supporting Sudan to achieve its goals of democratic transformation, peace, and economic recovery.  


Both the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and the UN Human Rights Office today welcomed the Government’s decision to set up transitional justice institutions. 

The Special Adviser, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, said this is a crucial step towards establishing accountability for serious human rights violations. Many of these may constitute atrocity crimes that took place since the conflict started in December 2013. 

The Government’s decision also includes setting up the African Union Hybrid Court for South Sudan. 

For its part, the UN Human Rights Office said that, over many years, victims of extremely grave human rights violations have awaited the implementation of these key mechanisms of justice, truth, and remedy. 

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