Myanmar

Opium production in Myanmar and Laos are stable at high levels, new UN report shows

Opium poppy cultivation has stabilized at high levels in Myanmar and Lao People’s Democratic Republic, but “the region’s demand for heroin remains at unacceptably high levels and transnational organized crime groups are making huge profits,” according to a new survey released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

In call to Myanmar’s President, Ban urges cooperation following opposition election win

In a telephone conversation with Myanmar’s President Thein Sein today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on all sides to cooperate in addressing the South-East Asian country’s major challenges following the opposition’s election victory this month.

Myanmar: Ban phones election victor, pledging continued UN support for democratic reform

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today phoned Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD), to congratulate her on its resounding success in this month’s elections, pledging continued United Nations support for democratic reform efforts.

‘No turning back in Myanmar,’ says UN human rights expert in wake of historic elections

Welcoming the recent elections in Myanmar as ‘a new chapter in the country’s history,’ United Nations Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee today reaffirmed her commitment to work with all parties in the country to improve the human rights situation there, saying "the people have expressed the will for change. There is no turning back now."

After elections, Ban says people and leaders of Myanmar ‘have it within their power' to build better future

Welcoming this past weekend’s elections as “a significant achievement in Myanmar’s democratic transition,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today extended warm congratulations to the National League for Democracy (NLD) and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for their landmark performance at the polls and to the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) for its dignified acceptance of the verdict of the people.

UN chief congratulates people of Myanmar on participating in ‘momentous’ polls

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the people of Myanmar for “their patience, dignity and enthusiasm” in historic elections and has encouraged all stakeholders “to maintain the dignified spirit, calm and respect throughout the completion of the electoral process.”

UNICEF urges future leaders to commit to children ahead of historic elections in Myanmar

As the historic elections in Myanmar draws closer, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children urged potential leaders of the country to prioritize children and commit to providing them with a fair start in life.

UN chief concerned by continuous exercise of hate speech ahead of Myanmar elections

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed deep concern at the continuous resort to hate speech, provocation of communal hostilities and the abuse of religion for political purposes, incited by “extreme element among the majority community in Myanmar”.

Human rights must be at the heart of historic election period in Myanmar – UN expert

A United Nations independent expert today called on all those in positions of authority in Myanmar to ensure that respect for the human rights of all must be at the core of the historic elections due to take place in 10 days’ time.

UNICEF applauds call from religious groups in Myanmar seeking tolerance for sake of country’s children

In the light of upcoming elections in Myanmar and amid reports of rising religious intolerance, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today welcomed a joint statement by the leaders of four main religious groups in the country calling for tolerance and respect of religious freedom as essential conditions for every child to grow and develop to their full potential.