UN agency welcomes Thai decision to expand education for Myanmar refugees

The United Nations refugee agency today enthusiastically welcomed Thailand’s decision to provide broad educational services to over 140,000 refugees from Myanmar living along the border in nine camps in the country.

Myanmar: Annan praises Asian States for backing release of Aung San Suu Kyi

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today commended the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) for its call on Myanmar to “expedite” both its political reform efforts and its release of political detainees, including democracy activist Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

UN expert 'deeply regrets' extension of house arrest of Myanmar activist

A United Nations human rights expert today joined the chorus of those expressing strong disapproval of the extended detention under house arrest of Myanmar democracy activist Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for another six months, after over 10 years of being held without charge.

Annan 'deeply disappointed' at extension of Myanmar activist's detention

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that he is "deeply disappointed" that Myanmar's authorities have extended the detention under house arrest of democracy activist Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for another six months.

Myanmar: UN labour agency voices 'grave concern' over death threats

he Governing Body of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) wrapped its latest session today, voicing "grave concern about the degradation of the situation" in Myanmar, including death threats against agency officials and the sentencing of people seeking redress for victims of forced labour.

As Myanmar's opium production plunges, farmers need alternative income sources – UN

Myanmar's opium poppy cultivation has fallen 80 per cent since its peak year in 1996, but poverty has escalated among farmers in one of the world's largest opium producers, making them vulnerable to exploitation, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reports.

UN expert says human rights abuses in Myanmar not being addressed

Widespread and systematic human rights violations, grave abuses against ethnic communities, and lack of freedom of assembly and association are still the norm in Myanmar, but the international community has not responded with the appropriate creative diplomacy, and the outlook for change is grim, a United Nations expert said today in New York.

Annan urges authorities in Myanmar to take steps towards democracy

The absence of an all-inclusive process of democratization and national reconciliation in Myanmar is exacerbating the suffering of the country’s people, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report which calls on the authorities to take steps to rectify the situation.

Democratic reforms must begin immediately in Myanmar: UN rights expert

Citing the persistence of political imprisonment, violations against minorities and squelching of opposition voices in Myanmar, a United Nations human rights expert calls for democratic reforms to begin immediately in that country in his new report to the General Assembly.

UN-backed Global Fund terminates grants to Myanmar

The United Nations-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has terminated grant agreements with Myanmar totalling more than $35 million because it said its programme could not be managed effectively given new restrictions.