UN employees sentenced by Myanmar court for Rakhine violence

Two United Nations employees have been sentenced by a Myanmar court in connection with the violent unrest that recently gripped the country’s Rakhine state in June, a spokesperson for the Organization said today.

Myanmar: Ban welcomes commission probing violence in Rakhine state

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomes today’s establishment, by President Thein Sein of Myanmar, of a 27-member Commission to investigate the recent violence in the country’s state of Rakhine, according to his spokesperson.

Myanmar: UN envoy welcomes mission to area affected by ethnic violence

The recent mission of the Turkish Foreign Minister and senior officials of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to Myanmar’s state of Rakhine – which recently experienced deadly ethnic clashes that displaced thousands of people – was welcomed today by the top United Nations envoy to the Southeast Asian country.

Humanitarian needs growing for thousands of displaced persons in Myanmar – UN

A United Nations senior official today warned that the humanitarian needs faced by over half a million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Myanmar are rapidly growing, and called on the Government to give access to aid agencies to provide assistance in all areas of the country.

Bangladesh urged by UN to ensure NGO access for people fleeing Rakhine state

The United Nations refugee agency today urged Bangladeshi authorities to ensure that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can continue to provide assistance to unregistered people who have fled the violence in neighbouring Myanmar’s Rakhine state, after reports emerged of Government authorities banning them from carrying out their activities.

Serious human rights challenges remain in Myanmar, says UN expert

Myanmar needs to tackle serious human rights challenges for democratic transition and national reconciliation to succeed, an independent United Nations human rights expert said at the end of a six-day visit to the country.