Myanmar authorities must do more to curb abuses against the Rohingya – UN expert

The fatal shooting of three Rohingya women is the latest example of law enforcement officials operating with complete impunity in western Myanmar, an independent United Nations expert today said, calling on Government authorities to investigate the incident.

Up to 140,000 people still displaced one year after communal clashes in Myanmar – UN

Up to 140,000 people remain displaced a year after inter-communal violence erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Myanmar: Ban welcomes agreement in Kachin

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the agreement reached between the Government of Myanmar and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), calling it a first step towards reconciliation in the country.

Two-child policy violates human rights of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims – UN expert

An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government of Myanmar to respond unequivocally to the revival of a local order limiting the number of children Rohingya Muslims can have to two, stressing that this is a clear violation of their human rights.

Myanmar: UN expert calls on Government to address impunity for crimes in Rakhine

While welcoming the most recent efforts of Myanmar’s Government to look into the sectarian violence that erupted last year in Rakhine state, a United Nations expert today stressed that much more needs to be done to end discrimination and hold perpetrators accountable for their crimes.

Relief operations in Myanmar’s Rakhine state receive boost from UN emergency fund

The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has made available $5 million in additional funding to provide life-saving assistance to some 69,000 people displaced by the violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

Myanmar: UN warns of humanitarian crisis amid continued inter-communal tensions

Ahead of the monsoon season set to start in Myanmar in May, a senior United Nations humanitarian official today called for urgent help for more than 125,000 people displaced by inter-communal fighting in Rakhine state, a region he had just visited.

Myanmar authorities must do more to stop spread of violence – UN independent expert

An independent United Nations human rights expert today called on the Government of Myanmar to take urgent steps to tackle the prejudice and discrimination fuelling violence and destruction between Muslim and Buddhist communities.

Myanmar: UN official voices concern at reports of increased sectarian violence

The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide today voiced deep concern at reports of increased violence between Muslim and Buddhist communities in Myanmar, and called on leaders to promote respect for diversity and peaceful coexistence.

Myanmar: UN envoy voices sadness at loss of lives in latest violence

The United Nations special envoy for Myanmar has voiced deep sorrow at the tragic loss of lives and destruction in Meiktila township in Mandalay division, one of several areas that has been the scene of recent violence, and called on all segments of society to promote communal harmony.