Who we are

Current members of the Special Advisory Council for Myanmar.

Yanghee Lee

Former UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar

Marzuki Darusman

Former Chair of the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar

Chris Sidoti

Former Member of the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar

Yanghee Lee is a former UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, who held the mandate from 2014 to 2020. During this time, she observed the 2015 general elections and monitored the situation throughout the National League for Democracy’s first term in government. She reported on the military’s deadly offensives against Myanmar’s ethnic and religious minorities, including the genocidal atrocities committed against the Rohingya in 2016 and 2017. In her final report in 2020, she warned that the hard-fought democratic space in Myanmar was under threat and called for a national dialogue to bring the nation together.

Marzuki Darusman is former Chair of the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar and Chris Sidoti is a former member of the Fact-Finding Mission. In 2018, after a 15-month examination of the Myanmar military’s violations in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan states, the Fact-Finding Mission released its full account and called for the investigation and prosecution of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, and his top military leaders for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

In 2019 the Fact-Finding Mission produced two further in-depth reports. The first exposed the extent to which the Myanmar military uses its own businesses, foreign companies and arms deals to support brutal operations against ethnic minorities. It called for immediate targeted sanctions and arms embargoes. The second report found that the military systematically and routinely uses sexual and gender-based violence to terrorise and punish ethnic minorities and called for justice for victims.

All three founding SAC-M members have consistently stated that without accountability and an end to the military’s impunity for its crimes, devastating human rights violations against the peoples of Myanmar will continue and the transition to democracy will not succeed.

Special Advisory Council for Myanmar

We are an independent group of international experts working to support the peoples of Myanmar in their fight for human rights, peace, democracy, justice and accountability.

Quotes

The junta is weaponising COVID-19 for its own political gain by suffocating the democracy movement and seeking to gain the legitimacy and control it craves - and has so far been denied - by deliberately fuelling a humanitarian disaster and then co-opting the international response. The generals are not partners for the delivery of aid. They are murderers who will be held to account for their crimes.

- Yanghee Lee

ASEAN’s efforts thus far, waiting for Min Aung Hlaing’s consent before acting, have been unacceptable. After six months, it is clear that the junta has neither the military nor the political might to overcome the democracy movement. To ensure any progress, the [ASEAN] Special Envoy must engage in dialogue with the NUG, as well as the junta.

- Marzuki Darusman

The junta relies heavily on revenues from domestic and foreign business deals to support its operations and insulate its leaders from the extreme economic hardship they are forcing on the rest of the country. Cutting off the junta’s multi-million-dollar income is essential to support the people’s Civil Disobedience Movement, halt the junta’s massive human rights violations and hold the perpetrators accountable.

- Chris Sidoti

Local responders, ethnic service providers, civil society organisations, humanitarian groups and others aligned with the National Unity Government and Civil Disobedience Movement across Myanmar are fighting to provide vital services and life-saving humanitarian aid for millions of people as a massive third wave of COVID-19 sweeps the country. They are in urgent need of help.

- SAC-M