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On Wednesday, in an interactive dialogue with the special rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, India has expressed its concern over the growing instability in Myanmar. The Indian side assured to continue its support to the nation and help it to restore stability.

Commenting on the military coup in Myanmar, India said it has direct implications for the country. Tom Andrews, the special rapporteur mentioned that the conditions in Myanmar after the military coup has ‘worsened’. Andrews urged a ‘change of course’ to avert further human rights abuses and deaths. Releasing a report, he outlined that the junta had killed at least 75 children ranging in age from 14 months to 17 years. In addition, over 1,100 people have been murdered, 8,000 detained and displaced nearly 2,30,000 civilians.

Reviewing the reports of Andrews, India said that since it shared a maritime border with Myanmar, it is a matter of ‘concern’. “Continued instability in Myanmar has direct implications for India. We have also been facing the situation of people crossing over the border into India from Myanmar,” the Indian representative said.

“India remains committed to strengthen the process of democratic transition in Myanmar. We urge the international community to work together and lend constructive support to the people of Myanmar,” the Indian representative added.

Keeping in mind the COVID-19 scenario, India has provided urgent medical assistance to strengthen Myanmar’s Covid-19 response and also contributed to the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance to deliver aid to the people. Thousands of Myanmarese nationals have crossed into India’s northeastern states, especially Mizoram and Manipur.

Furthermore, India said that their developmental and humanitarian efforts in Myanmar, including in the Rakhine state, have been aimed at the socio-economic development of the country. It also welcomed the appointment of the special envoy of the ASEAN chair on Myanmar and his call for a peaceful solution through constructive dialogue.

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