In move to boost protection, UN and Thailand re-register Myanmar refugees

In an effort to provide protection for some 140,000 Myanmar refugees in Thailand and assist in any solution to the decade-old problem, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and the Government have begun a massive five-month-long operation to re-register the entire population of nine camps sheltering them.

Myanmar: Annan concerned at removal of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's security staff

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced his serious concern over the withdrawal of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's personal security detail, and further restrictions on the already limited access to the Nobel Peace Laureate by her doctor.

Myanmar: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other prisoners should be freed - Annan

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the authorities in Myanmar to seize the momentum created by recent announcements that some 9,000 prisoners will be released to also free Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and others jailed for expressing their political beliefs.

UN agency to look into allegations of forced labour in Myanmar

The governing body of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has decided to send a high-level mission to Myanmar to look into allegations of the use of forced labour in that country.

Annan welcomes Myanmar prisoner release, urges freeing all political detainees

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed an announcement by the Myanmar Government that it has begun releasing nearly 4,000 prisoners and called for freeing all others detained for their political beliefs.

UN welcomes Malaysia’s decision to grant temporary stay to Myanmar refugees

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed the recent decision of the Malaysian Government to grant temporary stay permits to the Rohingya refugee population from Myanmar.

Annan calls on Myanmar leaders to remain committed to democratization

Concerned by reports of the dismissal and detention of the Prime Minister of Myanmar, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the country's authorities to remain committed to the process of national reconciliation and democratization.

Opium cultivation in Myanmar dropping steadily, UN drug office reports

Opium cultivation in Myanmar dropped 29 per cent this year compared to 2003, continuing a steady decline that began nearly a decade ago, according to the annual country survey released today by the United Nations anti-drug office.

Annan calls for help to push forward democratic transition in Myanmar

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed his hope that countries would redouble their actions, and provide support for United Nations efforts, to move forward the democratic transition in Myanmar.

Myanmar has not lifted its human rights performance, UN expert says

The human rights situation in Myanmar has not improved, with large numbers of people in detention, harsh sentences for peaceful political activities and restrictions on the operations of opposition parties, the United Nations expert tracking the issue says in his latest report.