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1 Feb 2022

Human Rights Now

Myanmar: Human Rights Now condemns violence by Myanmar junta & calls on states, UN and transnational businesses to take actions

" [Statement] One Year After the Coup, the Myanmar Junta and Military Continue to Commit Massive Human Rights Violations with Impunity" 1 February 2022


Human Rights Now, a Tokyo-based international human rights NGO, strongly condemns the violence against civilians and grave human rights violations committed by the Myanmar junta and Tatmadaw.


In June 2021 the UN Security Council urged states to “prevent the flow of arms” to Myanmar. However, it failed to pass a resolution legally requiring sanctions and a weapons embargo [...]. The government of Japan has also made serious missteps that have only encouraged the junta. It has given very weak criticisms of the junta, failed to implement sanctions that other states are implementing, and failed to suspend ongoing infrastructure projects in Myanmar, only committing to avoiding new non-humanitarian projects with the junta.[...]

Japanese businesses have also been reluctant to bring pressure against the junta. According to the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), about 70% of Japanese companies investing in Myanmar will either maintain or even expand their Myanmar operations, with only 6.7% withdrawing from the country or moving to another country. [...]

We ask all states, including Japan, to implement rigorous sanctions including an arms embargo against the junta.

We request the UN Security Council to hold an immediate plenary meeting on Myanmar to adopt a resolution for an arms embargo and financial sanctions against the junta, and we request relevant international organizations, including the Human Rights Council, to conduct an independent investigation and take effective measures to facilitate and ensure accountability for the violence.

We finally call on all transnational businesses to end any business in Myanmar that could support the junta or Tatmadaw.