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Myanmar has to do a great deal more to dampen the fires of interreligious tension: Human Rights Office

Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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Failure to address discrimination could undermine reforms in Myanmar – UN official

The United Nations human rights chief today urged Myanmar’s Government to tackle continuing discrimination against ethnic minorities, warning that failure to act could undermine the reform process in the country.

For the first time in nearly a year, UN reaches refugees in Myanmar’s Kachin state

The United Nations humanitarian relief agency today said it had, for the first time in a year, been able to deliver aid to thousands of displaced persons in Myanmar’s Kachin state.

Myanmar authorities must do more to curb abuses against the Rohingya – UN expert

The fatal shooting of three Rohingya women is the latest example of law enforcement officials operating with complete impunity in western Myanmar, an independent United Nations expert today said, calling on Government authorities to investigate the incident.

Up to 140,000 people still displaced one year after communal clashes in Myanmar – UN

Up to 140,000 people remain displaced a year after inter-communal violence erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Myanmar: Ban welcomes agreement in Kachin

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the agreement reached between the Government of Myanmar and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), calling it a first step towards reconciliation in the country.

Two-child policy violates human rights of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims – UN expert

An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government of Myanmar to respond unequivocally to the revival of a local order limiting the number of children Rohingya Muslims can have to two, stressing that this is a clear violation of their human rights.

Cyclone Mahasen hits coast of Bangladesh

The United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) is concerned about thousands of people in Myanmar’s Rakhine State as a tropical storm is expected to make a landfall on Thursday.

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Humanitarian agencies prepare for Cyclone Mahasen

A “red storm” alert from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is in effect for a tropical cyclone expected to make landfall on Thursday.

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Myanmar: UN expert calls on Government to address impunity for crimes in Rakhine

While welcoming the most recent efforts of Myanmar’s Government to look into the sectarian violence that erupted last year in Rakhine state, a United Nations expert today stressed that much more needs to be done to end discrimination and hold perpetrators accountable for their crimes.