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STATEMENT (3C): INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE WITH THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON UNILATERAL COERCIVE MEASURES, 16 OCTOBER 2020

STATEMENT BY 
MR. AZRIL ABD AZIZ
MINISTER COUNSELLOR 
PERMANENT MISSION OF MALAYSIA TO THE UNITED NATIONS

AT THE INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE WITH
THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON UNILATERAL COERCIVE MEASURES
MS. ALENA DOUHAN

AT THE 75TH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

NEW YORK, 16 OCTOBER 2020

 

 

 

Thank you, Madam Chair.

Malaysia thanks the Special Rapporteur Ms. Alena Douhan for her report and valuable insights.

Malaysia appreciates the Special Rapporteur’s efforts to further advance her mandate including her constructive interactions with States. We look forward to see her fulfilling her visions on the functioning and development of the mandate in the coming years. Malaysia also welcomes her inaugural reports to the 45th Session of the Human Rights Council and the 75th session of the UNGA. We also take note of the COVID-19 Human Rights Guidance Note issued under her mandate.

We concur with her assessment that due to the specifics of the COVID-19 pandemic, vulnerable groups such as children, women, older persons and people suffering from health issues are the hardest hit and most affected. The Special Rapporteur also had rightfully highlighted in her report that unilateral coercive measures negatively affect the rights of all population groups in targeted States, as well as nationals of third States.

Madam Chair,

The pandemic is the time for humanity to demonstrate compassion and solidarity. It is not the time to further hardship. We strongly believe that States and international organisations should work together to ensure that human rights are not violated by unilateral sanctions especially in light of the global health pandemic which places the health and well-being of people at a greater risk. We regret that imposing parties have been persistent in enforcing their unilateral sanctions against targeted countries despite the pandemic. Malaysia opposes all forms of unilateral coercive measures that contravene norms of international law and the UN Charter.

In this context, could the Special Rapporteur share how international solidarity could be further strengthened to assist sanctioned States address social, economic, commercial and financial issues that have constrained the effectiveness of their national response during the COVID19 pandemic.

Thank you.