UN refugee agency calls on Thailand not to forcibly return Myanmar nationals

The United Nations refugee agency today urged Thailand not to forcibly return a group of some 166 Myanmar nationals who fled their country amid renewed fighting and are currently seeking temporary protection from the Royal Government.

Myanmar cyclone victims start to rebuild but need more funds, UN reports

Local communities in Myanmar have shown remarkable resilience in coping with the destruction caused by Cyclone Giri, which killed at least 45 people and affected 260,000 others two months ago, with substantial food, healthcare and emergency shelters distributed, according to a new United Nations assessment.

Independent UN rights expert calls for release of political prisoners in Myanmar

An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government of Myanmar to release at least 2,202 prisoners of conscience still detained one month after the freeing of Aung San Suu Kyi, saying many of the prisoners are seriously ill as a result of harsh jail conditions.

Next two months crucial for Myanmar’s political future, warns Secretary-General

The next two months will be crucial for Myanmar, potentially determining its political future and its place in the international community, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, citing the unsatisfactory nature of recent elections and the need to include those who were excluded.

Myanmar transition should include those who did not take part in polls – UN envoy

The United Nations envoy on Myanmar today urged the Government to work out a broad-based political transition that includes those who did not participate in recent elections.

Humanitarian agencies seek funds for cyclone emergency in Myanmar – UN

Humanitarian agencies in Myanmar require an estimated $53 million to respond to the needs of at least 260,000 people who were affected by Cyclone Giri that battered the western coast of the South-east Asian country last month, destroying thousands of homes, infrastructure and farms, the United Nations reported today.

Visiting UN envoy urges Myanmar authorities to build on recent developments

A United Nations envoy on Sunday encouraged Myanmar authorities to build on recent developments towards democracy and national reconciliation, and to address concerns about the recent elections.

UN committed to democratic transition in Myanmar, Ban tells Aung San Suu Kyi

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed that the United Nations will continue to support efforts towards a democratic transition in Myanmar, as he spoke with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi following her long-awaited release.

Ten of thousands of cyclone survivors in Myanmar remain homeless – UN

More than 100,000 people remain homeless in Myanmar following the cyclone that struck the country last month, and many more residents of the affected area lost crops and livelihoods, the United Nations humanitarian office reported today, adding that relief efforts are being hampered by logistical constraints.

UN officials welcome release of Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations human rights chief welcomed the freeing on Saturday of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and urged the authorities in Myanmar to release all remaining political prisoners.