Secretary-General convenes meeting of ‘Group of Friends’ on Myanmar

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today convened the first meeting of a group of 14 nations to assist him in his efforts to spur change in the troubled South-East Asian nation.

Myanmar should take ‘bold steps’ to address national crisis – UN envoy

The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Myanmar has urged authorities in the South-East Asian country to take bold action to press ahead with an all-inclusive national reconciliation process.

UN envoy holds talks on Myanmar with senior officials in Washington

The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Myanmar is in Washington, D.C., today for talks with senior United States officials, including the country’s First Lady Laura Bush, on United Nations efforts to promote democratic change in the South-East Asian nation.

Myanmar refugees leaving Thailand for third countries passes 20,000 mark – UN

The number of Myanmar refugees leaving Thailand to start new lives in third countries has topped 20,000, under the world’s largest refugee resettlement programme, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today.

International community’s patience with Myanmar ‘running out’ – Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged Myanmar’s authorities to step up their efforts towards democratization and the full respect of human rights, noting that the international community’s patience with the troubled South-East Asian nation is wearing thin.

Death toll in Myanmar crackdown higher than Government figures – UN expert

An independent United Nations human rights expert says that at least 31 people died during the crackdown by Myanmar authorities on peaceful protesters a few months ago – 16 more than had been acknowledged by the Government.

Myanmar: UN envoy denounces closure of monastery used as HIV/AIDS hospice

The top United Nations envoy for Myanmar today spoke out against the closure in the South-East Asian nation of a monastery used as a hospice for those living with HIV and AIDS.

Myanmar crisis tops talks between UN envoy and Cambodian Foreign Minister

Continuing his consultations with regional leaders, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Myanmar today conferred with Cambodia’s Foreign Minister on United Nations efforts to promote dialogue and reconciliation between the Government and the opposition in the troubled South-East Asian nation.

UN envoy discusses Myanmar crisis with Vietnamese officials

The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Myanmar is meeting with officials in Viet Nam as part of his consultations with regional leaders on the situation in the South-East Asian nation where Government forces cracked down on peaceful protesters just a few months ago.

Secretary-General reports ‘grave violations’ of children’s rights in Myanmar

Grave child rights violations, including recruitment into armed groups, continue in Myanmar, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report, calling on the Government to take measures to address the problem which is common to both State and non-State actors.