Myanmar

Democracy is sliding away in Myanmar, warns top rights investigator

Daily fighting in Myanmar, widespread internet blackouts and reporting restrictions, indicate that the shift to more democratic rule is “sliding away”, a senior UN-appointed independent rights investigator said on Wednesday.

News in Brief 3 March 2020

  • Myanmar doing too little to ensure return of displaced Rohingya, says UN refugee agency chief
  • No country is free from child sexual abuse, exploitation, UN’s top rights forum hears
  • Bright sparks help UN South Sudan mission curb global warming
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Greater progress needed to ensure safe return of displaced Rohingya: UN refugee agency chief

UN agencies together with the Bangladesh authorities have appealed for $877 million to support hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, where conditions are still not conducive for their safe return, UN refugee agency chief Filippo Grandi said on Tuesday.

Myanmar: ‘Multidimensional and long-standing’ root causes behind rights minority abuses, says Bachelet

The Human Rights Council on Thursday held an interactive dialogue with UN rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, on the root causes of violations and abuses suffered by the Rohingya mainly-Muslim minority and other minorities in Myanmar. She said the Government now has a historic opportunity to counteract systematic violations, "by bringing its people together, as one".

UN rights experts ‘gravely’ concerned at spike in civilian casualties in north-west Myanmar following internet shutdown

Independent UN human rights experts on Tuesday voiced grave concern over the killing and displacement of civilians in north-west Myanmar during the intensifying conflict between the military and an armed group, the Arakan Army, amid an information blackout in some parts of Rakhine and Chin states. 

Myanmar: Departing UN rights expert still hopeful for democratic transition

An independent human rights expert said she has not given up hope for a democratic transition in Myanmar even though the country has yet to address “grave allegations” of international crimes, including possible genocide. 

 

News in Brief 23 January 2020

  • Top UN court orders Myanmar to protect Rohingya from genocide
  • 75 years post-Auschwitz, antisemitism still threatens democracy
  • Global forestry gets a boost
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Top UN court orders Myanmar to protect Rohingya from genocide

Myanmar must take steps to protect its minority Rohingya population, the top UN court unanimously ruled on Thursday. 

News in Brief 24 December 2019

  • UN chief's concern over military escalation in north-west Syria
  • Nigeria urged to protect civilians and aid workers
  • WFP and Myanmar partnership to end hunger
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Aung San Suu Kyi defends Myanmar from accusations of genocide, at top UN court

Myanmar will have “no tolerance” for human rights abuses committed in Rakhine state and will prosecute the military, if war crimes have been committed there, Aung San Suu Kyi told the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the UN’s main judicial body, on Wednesday.