Myanmar

News in Brief 10 December 2020

  • WFP chief laments preventable tragedy of child hunger
  • $1.44 billion plan for Venezuela refugee and migrant aid response
  • Rohingya island transfer untenable, says rights expert
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Myanmar’s farmers battle climate and health uncertainty

For farmers in Myanmar, the COVID-19 pandemic is adding to growing unpredictability, in a sector already struggling to cope with the effects of climate change. The UN is working closely with the country’s government to help them to adapt and thrive.

UN chief calls for ‘peaceful, orderly and credible’ elections in Myanmar

Ahead of elections in Myanmar on 8 November, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has stated his hope that the vote would help advance “inclusive sustainable development” across the country. 

News in Brief 6 November 2020

  • Aid agencies call for urgent action to prevent emergency in hunger hotspots 
  • UN chief calls for peaceful elections in Myanmar 
  • Top emergency relief official condemns killing of six humanitarian workers  
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UN expert urges Myanmar not to undermine ‘very lifeblood of democracy’ ahead of polls

An independent UN human rights expert has called on the Government and military of Myanmar to stop persecuting opposition supporters, including journalists and student protesters, ahead of next week’s general elections. 

First Person: supporting migrants on the COVID-19 frontline in Myanmar

One of the far-reaching effects of the global lockdown brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has been the return of migrant workers to their home countries.  The UN is assisting the authorities in Myanmar in facilitating this homeward migration, with a focus on providing for the needs of women. 

‘Serious concerns’ over rights situation in Myanmar ahead of next month’s elections

The UN human rights office (OHCHR) voiced “serious concerns” on Tuesday over the situation in Myanmar – including rights violations and proliferation of hateful speech against minority communities – as the country prepares for general elections next month. 

Myanmar: ‘Shocking’ killing of children allegedly used as human shields

UN agencies in Myanmar have expressed ‘sadness’ and ‘shock’ over the killing of two boys, allegedly used as human shields by security forces in the country’s northern Rakhine province, earlier this month. 

UN in Myanmar comes together to protect people from COVID-19

More than 20 UN agencies in Myanmar have come together to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and staff are putting their lives on the line to support the Organization’s efforts to protect lives and boost livelihoods. 

Learning lessons from COVID-19 in Myanmar

School closures in Myanmar resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have affected millions of students. The UN is working with the country’s authorities to ensure that the education system is made more resilient, and children’s schooling is protected as much as possible.