Myanmar should release political prisoners, take other ‘concrete action:’ UN official

Myanmar’s Government should release political prisoners, especially democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, open up the political process, and take “concrete steps” to address other areas of global concern, the top United Nations political officer said today after meeting with the Security Council.

Myanmar: UN agency voices ‘great frustration’ at failure to respond on forced labour

The Governing Body of the United Nations International Labour Office (ILO) wrapped its latest session today, voicing “great frustration” at Myanmar’s failure to agree on how to deal with complaints of forced labour, seeking urgent cooperation from Belarus, and calling for stricter inspections worldwide to protect workers’ rights.

UN official calls on Myanmar to release Suu Kyi; says ‘concrete actions’ expected

The top United Nations political officer has delivered a letter to Myanmar’s rulers from Secretary-General Kofi Annan reiterating his call for the release of democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and stressing that the international community expects “concrete actions” from the Government in opening up the political process and other areas.

UN official meets separately with Myanmar leaders, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

The top United Nations political official held separate meetings today in Myanmar with government leaders as well as the most prominent member of the opposition: detained Nobel Peace Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Meeting Myanmar groups, UN’s top political officer discusses political process, aid

Continuing his four-day visit to Myanmar, the top United Nations political officer today discussed transparency and the need to open up the political process to all the country’s people, in meetings with representatives from various ethnic and other groups taking part in the National Convention.

FAO: OPEC gives multi-million dollar loan boost to Myanmar’s edible oil sector

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Fund for International Development has boosted Myanmar’s edible oil sector with $12.3 million loan to increase production, the United Nations food agency announced today.

UN’s top political officer meets Myanmar ministers, stresses need for political progress

The top United Nations political officer arrived in Myanmar today where he emphasized the need for progress, including the release of political prisoners, in talks with Government ministers, a UN spokesman said.

Annan stresses need for human rights progress in Myanmar as top political officer to visit

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today emphasized the need for “tangible steps forward” by Myanmar on such issues as human rights, democratic reform and national reconciliation, as he announced the UN’s top political officer will visit the South East Asian country from Thursday to Sunday.

Top UN official returns to Myanmar this month for talks on rights and democracy

The United Nations top political officer will visit Myanmar later this month for high-level talks to try to help the Asian country make serious progress in human rights, political freedoms and humanitarian assistance, a UN spokesman said today.

UN says it is encouraged by new Thai government priority to improve Myanmar camps

The 140,000 refugees from Myanmar living in Thailand may soon be issued identity cards by Thai authorities that should permit them to move freely outside their camps to work legally, the United Nations refugee agency said today after a recent meeting with the new Prime Minister.