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Burma/Myanmar and the UPR: further analysis and commentary

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Title: MYANMAR: The problem of a U.N. member state disconnected from a normative framework: Myanmar and the Human Rights Council review
Date of publication: 02 March 2011
Description/subject: HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Sixteenth session, Agenda Item 4, Interactive Dialogue with the SR on Myanmar A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status....."... 2. In this submission, the ALRC considers the implications of this disconnect between the norms-based language and activities of the global human rights movement and the norm-less reality of a member state. This disconnect is not merely a disconnect between rhetorical aspirations and hard truth. It is a much more significant problem of the gap between a norms-based system and a norm-less one, and unless it is properly understood and accounted for in the work of the Human Rights Council and other international agencies, the many functional and technical proposals being put forward during the ongoing Council review process will have little if any relevance to the situation of human rights in Myanmar, or other countries with analogous conditions..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 05 March 2011


Title: MYANMAR: UPR as an exercise in the making of fiction: An analysis of the presentation by Myanmar
Date of publication: 21 February 2011
Description/subject: HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Sixteenth session, Agenda Item 4, Interactive Dialogue with the SR on Myanmar... A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status....."...Despite the meticulous and professional documentation submitted from numerous credible sources to the UPR process, the Government of Myanmar persisted with its usual approach, treating the process not as an opportunity for dialogue but as an opportunity for the making of fiction. The implications of its approach to the UPR are addressed in a separate submission by the ALRC to this session of the Council. In this submission, for the sake of the record the centre points out some of the more glaring fictions contained in the presentation of the government to the UPR Working Group, as described in the group's draft report (A/HRC/WG.6/10/L.7, 2 February 2011), which are most directly related to the centre's work. Aspects of the government presentation not covered here include misrepresentations about the manner in which elections were held in 2010, the extent to which political parties are able to organize and operate, the status and treatment of people in Northern Rakhine State, the standing of the national human rights committee, sexual violence by the armed forces, confiscation of land, and the notion that the country is entering a new democratic era. 4. The draft report of the Working Group contains the following deliberate misrepresentations and fictions by the Government of Myanmar, followed by the corrections of the ALRC:..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 05 March 2011