Myanmar: UN officials cite citizenship issue, expansion of aid as key concerns

Back from a recent trip to Myanmar, senior United Nations humanitarian and development officials today called for continued lifesaving aid to the displaced, assistance to address poverty and create better coexistence conditions, and a political solution to a new citizenship plan.

Myanmar: UN chief urges country to move beyond ‘narrow agendas’ and towards cooperation

Myanmar has shown progress in areas of socio-economic development, national reconciliation and democratization, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon confirmed today, while also warning that the Asian country still faced “critical hurdles” as it approached its impending elections.

Myanmar: UN officials urge greater humanitarian, development support for Rakhine

Two senior United Nations officials have called for increased humanitarian assistance and development efforts to meet the needs of all communities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state following a visit there this week.

UN adviser calls for taking ‘leap of faith’ to ensure peaceful, unified Myanmar

The United Nations Special Adviser for Myanmar today wrapped up a visit to the country during which he visited Rakhine state to see first-hand the progress made to provide aid to local communities, as well as actions being taken to address underlying causes of recent violence.

Myanmar: UN welcomes release of child soldiers, commitment to get them educated

Myanmar released dozens of children and young adults from its armed forces, known as the Tatmadaw, the United Nations today confirmed, welcoming also efforts to get the people away from guns and into classrooms.

Myanmar: UN rights expert warns against backtracking on free expression, association

On the heels of a ten-day visit to Myanmar, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the country has urged authorities to avoid any backtracking that could threaten the achievements of the past few years.

Myanmar: UN experts alarmed at draft bill imposing restrictions on religious conversion

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts today called on the Government of Myanmar to do away with a draft bill imposing restrictions on religious conversion, stressing the right of every individual to freely choose or to change their faith.

Myanmar: senior UN official urges greater access to people in need of humanitarian aid

The United Nations Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator today stressed the need for improved access to people in need of humanitarian assistance in Myanmar, as she wrapped up a visit to the states of Rakhine and Kachin.

UN agency concerned about reported abuse as thousands continue to flee Myanmar

The United Nations refugee agency said today it was receiving increasing reports of abuse and exploitation as people continue to seek safety overseas two years after inter-communal violence erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

Myanmar: UN concerned about access to thousands newly displaced

With increased fighting in parts of Myanmar that is preventing access to civilians, the United Nations and humanitarian partners today said they were seriously concerned by the displacement of thousands of people over the past weeks and called for an end to the fighting.