Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Envoy on Myanmar (via VTC)

Patrick Elliot
ECOSOC Advisor
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York, New York
October 23, 2020


Thank you, Special Envoy Schraner-Burgener for your efforts to support democratic reforms and press for free and fair elections, civilian control of the military, justice and accountability, humanitarian access, and respect for human rights with the Government of Myanmar and local communities.

We would like to hear from you about what more the Government of Myanmar and the international community can do to support credible and inclusive elections.

For decades, the United States has proudly supported the people of Myanmar to achieve a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic country. We remain concerned about increasing restrictions on freedom of speech and other fundamental freedoms, a hostile environment for journalists and civil society, a culture of impunity within the security forces, and unduly restrictive citizenship laws.

The United States remains committed to supporting elections that are credible and transparent, with the engagement of an informed electorate. A peaceful, competitive, and fully inclusive vote is essential for Myanmar’s transition to democracy.

The United States is also deeply concerned that three years after the 2017 ethnic cleansing in Rakhine State, one million Rohingya refugees remain displaced in Bangladesh. The Government of Myanmar must do more to create conditions that allow for the voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees and others internally displaced in Myanmar.

The United States hopes to work with you to urge Myanmar to allow unhindered humanitarian access in Rakhine State and other areas. These efforts must include improving the living conditions for those Rohingya remaining in Rakhine State, safeguarding their security, and addressing issues of citizenship.