Myanmar

‘Vague and over-broad’ laws stifling independent journalism in Myanmar – UN rights report

Describing the conviction in Myanmar of two Reuters journalists last week as a “particularly outrageous” example of judicial harassment against the media there, “vague and over-broad” laws have made it impossible for the press to do its job in the country, without fear or favour, a new United Nations report has found.

News In Brief 11 September 2018

  • Syria’s Idlib risks becoming worst humanitarian tragedy of 21st century: OCHA
  • OHCHR on Myanmar freedom of expression violations
  • Venezuela ready for “new cooperation” with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
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News In Brief 07 September 2018

  • WFP prepares for Idlib displacement as insecurity mars start of school year
  • Yemen Consultations continue, opposition delegation awaited
  • UN agencies ‘ready to assess villages in Rakhine State’, awaiting access
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New In Brief 03 September 2018

  • Jailed journalists in Myanmar must be freed ‘immediately’, says UN right chief Bachelet
  • Mediterranean crossings deadlier than ever, new UNHCR report shows
  • Facebook’s definition of terrorism potentially “discriminatory“: UN human rights expert
  • Tsunami tests to go ahead in 24 Indian Ocean nations
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Journalists’ conviction in Myanmar a message that press ‘cannot operate fearlessly’ – UN rights chief

Stressing that the legal process that led to the conviction of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar “clearly breached” international standards, the United Nations top human rights official called for their immediate and unconditional release.

Myanmar military leaders must face genocide charges – UN report

Top military commanders in Myanmar should be investigated and prosecuted for the “gravest” crimes against civilians under international law, including genocide, United Nations-appointed investigators said on Monday.

News in Brief 24 August 2018

  • Rohingya emergency one year on: thousands of lives saved, but challenges remain
  • DRC Ebola outbreak latest: response scaling up, but threats remain
  • Venezuela exodus is stretching neighbours’ patience, warns UN migration agency IOM
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News In Brief 11 July 2018

  • Myanmar: UN experts gravely concerned by court charges against Reuters journalists
  • World Population Day: ‘A matter of human rights’ says UN
  • Climate change proceeds at a ‘relentless pace,’ UN deputy chief tells Security Council
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Zeid calls for ICC probe into Myanmar Rohingya crisis

Myanmar should experience feelings of “shame” after attempting to convince the world that it is willing to take back hundreds of thousands of refugees who fled an “ethnic cleansing campaign” last year, given that “not a single” one has returned officially, the United Nations human rights chief declared on Wednesday.

News in Brief 02 July 2018

  • UN chief ‘heartbroken’ over Rohingya suffering
  • Deadly attack in Mali condemned
  • Meet the new UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, actor Ben Stiller
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