Myanmar: senior UN official set to return for high-level talks on rights and democracy

A top United Nations official is likely to return to Myanmar in early November for high-level talks to try to help the Asian country make serious progress in human rights, political freedoms and humanitarian assistance.

Myanmar: UN rights expert calls for immediate release of detained student leaders

An independent United Nations human rights expert today called for the immediate release of three prominent student leaders in Myanmar reportedly arrested yesterday, citing numerous charges of abuse in pre-trial detention as cause for “extreme” concern.

Divided UN Security Council agrees to focus on situation in Myanmar

In a landmark decision today, the United Nations Security Council voted by 10 votes to four against with one abstention to focus on the situation in the isolated Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar, where democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained for over 10 of the past 16 years.

UN refugee chief set to visit camp of Myanmar refugees in Thailand

The head of the United Nations refugee agency begins a four-day mission on Monday to Thailand, where he will visit one of the camps housing refugees from neighbouring Myanmar and emphasize resettlement as a durable remedy for these displaced persons.

UN labour agency calls on Myanmar to act against forced labour

The United Nations labour agency has called on Myanmar to take “tangible and verifiable” measures within the next few months on the issue of forced labour or face the prospect of further action.

Annan welcomes release of Myanmar rights defender, urges lifting of restrictions

While welcoming Myanmar’s decision to release human rights defender Su Su Nway, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the authorities to follow this with further measures to promote national reconciliation, including lifting the remaining restrictions on democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other political leaders.

Myanmar: Annan vows to fight on for Aung San Suu Kyi’s release

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today vowed to continue working for the release of Myanmar democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, whose house arrest the authorities have extended.

As Myanmar Government mulls status of democracy leader, Annan calls for her release

As the Government of Myanmar prepared to review the status of the country’s most prominent democracy advocate, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for 10 of the past 16 years, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today again called for her release to pave the way for reconciliation and economic development.

After concluding high-level talks in Myanmar, UN official hopes for better ties

After two years of isolation, the Myanmar Government seems willing to engage in a dialogue with the international community, a senior United Nations official just back from three days of talks with the country’s top officials said today.

2,000 refuges pour into Thailand from Myanmar, citing conflict and abuses – UN

Some 2,000 refugees from Myanmar have flooded into Thailand over the last three months, citing renewed conflict and human rights abuses in Kayin state, with 400 crossing the border last week alone and more expected, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.