NHRCK Calls on NHRI Networks to Take Action on Myanmar
- NHRCK Chairperson sends a letter to leaders of global and regional NHRI networks to urge their action on Myanmar crisis-
Chairperson Young-ae Choi of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea(NHRCK) sent separate letters to the chairs of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions(GANHRI) and the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions(APF) regarding the crisis currently unfolding in Myanmar. In the letter, Chairperson Choi urged the regional and global networks of national human rights institutions to take firm action on the situation in Myanmar, where the military is committing mass murder against civilians despite repeated calls from the international community to stop violence.
In response to the brutal crackdown of peaceful protests by the military, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet urged the military authorities to stop violent suppression of civilians and immediately release politicians, human rights activists, government officials and journalists in arbitrary detention, which amounts to enforced disappearance. UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Tom Andrews, also condemned the violent acts of the military as crimes against humanity.
The NHRCK Chairperson, in her letter to the leaders of GANHRI and APF, expressed concern about the loss of lives in Myanmar and called for a response by NHRI networks.
Sharing Korea's historical experience of fighting for democracy in the Gwangju Democratization Movement back in 1980, the Chairperson called upon the international community to show solidarity and support for Myanmar's struggle to build a democracy and raise its voice for a return to democracy and an end to human rights violations against citizens.
The NHRCK will continue to support Myanmar in its efforts to overcome the current human rights crisis in cooperation and solidarity with the international community.