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UN Human Rights Council to hold a Special Session on Burma

-ACHR calls for an international commission of inquiry-

Geneva/New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR), a NGO having Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, welcomed today's decision of the United Nations Human Rights Council to hold a Special Session on the situation of Myanmar in Geneva on 2 October 2007.

President of the UN Human Rights Council, H.E. Ambassador Doru-Romulus Costea of Romania announced today (28 September 2007) at 1 pm GMT that 17 member States of the Council and 36 observer States requested for the Special Session. At least one third of the 47 member UN Body are required to sign a formal letter of request to hold a Special Session.


Only Republic of South Korea and Japan from Asian bloc signed the request to hold the Special Session, while India's Foreign Ministry reportedly failed to send any instruction to its Permanent Mission in Geneva.


This is the first ever Special Session on Burma being held by newly established UN Human Rights Council and its predecessor, United Nations Commission on Human Rights.


“The Human Rights Council must unequivocally condemn the Burmese Junta for serious human rights violations including the killings of the monks and other peaceful demonstrators, establish an international commission of inquiry into the human rights violations, and also establish monitoring missions of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights inside Burma.” – demanded Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights.


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