Myanmar: Ban welcomes reform measures in meeting with President Thein

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with the President of Myanmar, Thein Sein, and welcomed the ongoing political and economic reform effort in the Asian country, including the recent measures to advance national dialogue and reconciliation.

Myanmar: UN rights expert voices concern over health of political prisoners

An independent United Nations human rights expert today voiced concern about the situation of political prisoners on hunger strike in Myanmar and about the health of Buddhist monk U Gambira, who needs urgent medical care.

Sustaining recent initiatives could set Myanmar on a new course – UN envoy

The United Nations envoy for Myanmar today called on the authorities to keep up the momentum of recent initiatives to strengthen national unity and advance dialogue and reconciliation, stressing the ‘historic opportunity’ they have to set the country on a new path.

Senior UN official arrives in Myanmar for five-day visit

A top United Nations official arrived today in Myanmar for a five-day visit during which he will meet with a number of Government officials and other key actors.

Myanmar must release all remaining political prisoners by year’s end – UN expert

Myanmar’s new Government must follow up on its release of 200 political prisoners earlier this month by freeing all remaining such detainees by the end of the year, a United Nations human rights expert said today.

Myanmar’s new Government must tackle continuing rights abuses – UN expert

Despite positive actions by Myanmar’s new Government, such as easing media restrictions and proposed bills on political parties and demonstrations, many serious human rights issues remain, a United Nations expert said today, calling for the speedy release of all political prisoners.

After latest release, UN expert urges Myanmar to free all political prisoners

United Nations officials today welcomed the decision by Myanmar’s President to grant amnesty and release a significant number of detainees and urged the Government to free all remaining political prisoners.

Ban calls on Myanmar’s authorities to build on recent gains towards transition

Recent developments bode well for progress in Myanmar, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, while calling on the new Government to do more to ensure to bring about an inclusive transition.

Myanmar needs to do more to improve human rights situation, says UN expert

While the new Government of Myanmar has taken steps to improve the human rights situation in the country, it needs to deploy greater efforts to address serious concerns such as the continuing detention of a large number of political prisoners, a United Nations expert said today.

Ban welcomes talks between Myanmar’s President and opposition leader

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he is encouraged by last week’s meeting between Myanmar’s President U Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, with both figures voicing satisfaction with discussions aimed at finding common ground on issues that would benefit the country.