- Fighting which broke out on the 9th of February in Laukkai area between the Tatmadaw and the Kokang renegade Group is still raging. The Commission notes with sadness the heavy causalities suffered in the combat area by the populace and combatants of both sides.
- To establish everlasting peace in the Union after (60) years of armed conflict, the State level dignitaries, Hluttaw representatives, responsible persons from the Tatmadaw and various armed groups have been striving to negotiate a cease-fire to end the hostilities and it is assumed that significant advances have already been made. The Commission is concerned that the armed conflict which has resumed in the area can hinder the state peace process already in place.
- In the event of armed clashes or action taken in line with military maneuvers, both sides should take extra care not to inflict undue damage to the lives and belongings of the populace.
- The political culture of the present times is to settle differences through face to face negotiations. The Commission believes that the people of the Union will be much relieved if a settlement can be reached through such means.
- In the event of an armed conflict the victims who suffered are the inhabitants living in the area, and they usually end up as internally displaced persons. The Commission would like to urge and request all local and international organizations to provide humanitarian assistance to all the displaced persons to meet their basic needs.
- The Commission would like to urge that activities detrimental to the efforts for supply of humanitarian relief should be avoided.
Myanmar National Human Rights Commission
27 February 2015
The Business and Human Rights Consultation Session and the ASEAN Next-Gen CSR Forum were held in Bali, Indonesia on (4) and (5) February. U Soe Phone Myint, a member of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission attended the Consultation Session and the Forum.
The Consultation Session and the Forum were organized and invited by the ASEAN CSR Network and Singapore Management University School of Law’s – Asian Business and Rule of Law Initiative (SMU-ABRL) where representatives from ASEAN CSR Network, SMU, UN Working Group of Business and Human Rights, representatives and members of the Human Rights Commission from Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, the Philippines to AICHR, Economic Adviser to the President of Myanmar, members of the Myanmar Investment Commission, representatives from China, Japan, Korea and Human Rights Centre, representatives and entrepreneurs from civil society organizations and private sectors participated.
In the Consultation Session and Forum, discussions were made on matters relating to the endorsement of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP) by the United Nations Human Rights Council; the outline of UNGP of global standards for preventing business-related human rights harm which have gained support by States, the private sector and civil societies; developing National Action Plans (NAPs) which are consistent with the UNGPs; new opportunities and challenges in ASEAN Post-2015; sustainable growth in ASEAN Post-2015; the role of the private sector in the Post-2015 ASEAN; Towards a Corruption Free ASEAN; and Ensuring ASEAN’s Sustainability and Economic Viability through Proper Resource Use and Management.
At the invitation of the Malaysia National Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM), Member of the MNHRC U Nyunt Swe and Assistant Director of the MNHRC Office U Zay Yar Linn participated in the Technical Working Group Meeting of the South East Asia National Human Rights Institutions Forum (SEANF) held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 28 to 29 January 2015.
At the meeting, the representatives discussed on SEANF Permanent Secretariat, Role of SEANF vis-‘a-vis ASEAN, SEANF’s Role in Promoting Business & Human Rights, possible initiatives by SEANF members on the Rights of Older Persons, among others.