Myanmar: Ban encourages parties to reach ceasefire to end conflict in Kachin

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the outcome of the recent discussions in China between Myanmar’s peacemaking committee and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and their agreement to work toward a lasting ceasefire.

Independent UN expert warns of significant human rights shortcomings in Myanmar

Ongoing reforms in Myanmar are improving the human rights situation in the country, but a large gap still remains between these efforts and their implementation on the ground, a United Nations independent expert said today.

Myanmar: UN aid reaches people in conflict-affected Kachin area

United Nations and international agencies for the first time in more than a year delivered badly-needed aid to hundreds of people in northern Myanmar’s Kachin state following a cease-fire and a de-escalation of violence, while warning of poor living conditions in communal shelters.

UN concerned about refugees crossing ‘deadliest stretches of water’ to flee homes

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is calling for urgent action to prevent the rising numbers of people killed trying to cross the Indian Ocean in smugglers’ boats, particularly the increasing numbers of women and children from the stateless Rohingya community.

Despite reforms, key human rights issues remain unaddressed in Myanmar – UN expert

A United Nations independent expert today welcomed the reforms that have been taking place in Myanmar while stressing that key human rights issues remain unaddressed, particularly in the states of Kachin and Rakhine where violence has displaced thousands of people.

Myanmar: UN chief welcomes agreement to de-escalate conflict in Kachin

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the agreement by peace negotiators of the Myanmar Government and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) to work on a framework to de-escalate the violent conflict in the northern state of Kachin.

Myanmar: Ban welcomes announcement of ceasefire in Kachin state, follows implementation

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Government of Myanmar's recent announcement of a cease-fire in its northern state of Kachin and has been following the various reports from the ground on its implementation, the spokesperson for the world body's chief said today.

Following visit to Myanmar, UN envoy calls on all parties to resume dialogue

The United Nations envoy to Myanmar today called on all parties in the country to work to ease tensions, resume dialogue, and ensure that there is humanitarian access to those who have been affected by the violence in the states of Kachin and Rakhine.

Over 2,000 people flee Myanmar following latest bout of violence in Rakhine state – UN

More than 2,000 people have fled Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state and Bangladesh on boats run by smugglers putting their lives at risk, the United Nations refugee agency said today, warning that the situation of those displaced by the violence in Rakhine grows more desperate every day.

Ban urges political reconciliation amid reported air strikes in Myanmar’s Kachin state

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today took “serious note” of the most recent reports indicating air strikes against targets in Myanmar’s Kachin state, where tens of thousands of civilians were forced from their homes last year due to fighting between the Government and rebels.