Republic of the Union of Myanmar
President U Win Myint sends Message of Greetings on occasion of 72nd International Human Rights Day celebrations
(10 December 2020)
Today is the auspicious occasion of the 72nd International Human Rights Day. It is customary to celebrate United Nations International Human Rights Day on 10th December, the date on which the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was declared.
The Republic of the Union of Myanmar, a member of the United Nations which places and holds high regard for human rights, has been participating in the International Human Rights Day celebrations just like other countries. The Republic of the Union of Myanmar was one of the countries which supported the Universal Human Rights Declaration, a fundamental document on human rights, which was adopted at the United Nations General Assembly on 10th December 1948.
Myanmar has been a signatory of international conventions on human rights such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights – ICESCR, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – CRPD, Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women – CEDAW, and Convention on the Rights of the Child – CRC. Additional protocols related to some of these conventions have also been acceded to. To ensure that the fundamental rights and duties of citizens stipulated in the 2008 Constitution and the rights stipulated in international human rights conventions are being enjoyed by Myanmar citizens, these stipulations have been incorporated into the local laws and are being observed. At the same time, we have to take special care that the rights of others are respected as we enjoy our own human rights.
In today’s age of globalization, democracy, and human rights have come to the forefront and it may be said that human rights, democracy and the rule of law are interrelated. These are also related to the establishment of the Democratic Federal Union which the State is trying to achieve. Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law have correlations with each other. Among these, if one has been violated, the other two have also been violated. Indifference to and disregard for human rights amounts to total disregard for democracy and the rule of law. That is why the subject of human rights should be disseminated among the people. This is very important. By uplifting human rights, the rule of law and democracy will also be elevated and protected as these are interconnected.
In Myanmar, the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission has been exerting strenuous efforts to uplift and protect human rights in cooperation with relevant Union ministries and state and regional governments. The Union Government will cooperate with local and foreign organizations for the emergence of a human society which respects and abides by the principles of human rights.
At present, all countries of the world are facing the COVID-19 pandemic, which is threatening the very existence and survival of human beings. Because of this pandemic, the survival and existence of human beings, their livelihoods, job opportunities, and development have been greatly impacted. Our country has been striving hard by interacting with the international community, including the World Health Organization to protect, contain and treat this pandemic. In this regard, we have taken into consideration as much as possible not to infringe upon the basic human rights of our people.
In accordance with the motto of the 72nd International Human Rights Day, “Recover better – Stand up for Human Rights”, I am sending this Message of Greetings solemnly urging all Union ministries, union level organizations, state and regional governments, civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations and media organizations to cooperate enthusiastically with the Myanmar Human Rights Commission to elevate and promote the human rights situation of our citizens. (Translated by Kyaw Myaing)