Myanmar rejects 22 recommendations "infringing [their] sovereign right"

On 8 June 2011, the delegation of Myanmar rejected 22 recommendations because it considered that they were infringing their sovereign rights.

Myanmar was reviewed at the Universal Periodic Review on 27 January 2011 and received 190 recommendations. At the Working Group stage, they accepted 74 recommendations and rejected 70. During the adoption of the Report of the Working Group at the Human Rights Council 17th session, the delegation clarified it position on the 46 left pending: 4 were accepted, 5 were accepted in part, 12 received unclear responses, 8 were "under serious consideration" and "the remainder of the 46 recommendations [did] not enjoy [their] support because they [did] infringe [their] sovereign right".

Before Myanmar, Pakistan and Iran previously rejected recommendations because they considered them as not "conform to its existing laws, pledges and commitments".

The reference to the domestic legislation contradicts Article 27 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties which states that "a party may not invoke the provisions of its internal law as justification for its failure to perform a treaty".

 
Read the Statement by the delegation of Myanmar here