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Special Procedures
In this section, we also include reports submitted to the Commission on Human Rights

  • Country Mandates

    Websites/Multiple Documents

    Title: Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar
    Description/subject: Reports to the Human Rights Council and General Assembly. This site has links to most of the UN human rights documents available online on Burma (Myanmar), in the 6 official UN languages.
    Language: Arabic, Chinese, English, Espanol, Francais, Russian
    Source/publisher: United Nations
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


    • UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar

      Websites/Multiple Documents

      Title: Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar
      Description/subject: Some information about the Special Rapporteur plus list of documents and press releases
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: United Nations
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 28 August 2011


      Individual Documents

      Title: Statement of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar Yangon International Airport, Myanmar, 26 July 2014
      Date of publication: 26 July 2014
      Description/subject: "...Preliminary observations: Myanmar is undergoing an important transition and the sweeping and far-reaching reforms that we have seen in recent years have dramatically transformed the political, economic, social and human rights landscape. This was affirmed in my meetings with various Government officials in Nay Pyi Taw. In three years, Myanmar has come a long way since the establishment of the new Government. This must be recognized and applauded. Yet, there are worrying signs of possible backtracking which if unchecked could undermine Myanmar’s efforts to become a responsible member of the international community that respects and protects human rights. As many have said, Myanmar therefore needs further encouragement and understanding in order to address these challenges and to continue on the path of reform. And I hope that my observations and recommendations will be taken in this light..... Shrinking of democratic space...Prisoners of conscience...Development and economic, social and cultural rights......Legislative reform and the rule of law...Women’s rights and gender equality...Rakhine State...Kachin State...Mandalay...Conclusion
      Author/creator: Yanghee Lee
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: UN Information Center, Yangon
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 27 July 2014


      Title: Myanmar: UN expert greets latest commitments on human rights and calls for swift implementation
      Date of publication: 20 November 2012
      Description/subject: GENEVA (20 November 2012) – "The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana, welcomed today the latest commitments from the Government of Myanmar on human rights as significant steps forward in the ongoing reform process, and encouraged the authorities to focus now on their prompt implementation. These pledges announced by the Government on 18 November include the resumption of prison visits for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the setting up of a mechanism to review prisoner lists, addressing the situation in Rakhine State, and an invitation to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to establish a country office..."
      Author/creator: Tomás Ojea Quintana
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: United Nations
      Format/size: pdf (64K), html
      Alternate URLs: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx
      Date of entry/update: 20 November 2012


      Title: Statement by Tomás Ojea Quintana SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN MYANMAR
      Date of publication: 25 October 2012
      Description/subject: "...We should all acknowledge and commend the Government of Myanmar for what has been achieved thus far, which I have previously stated has improved the country’s human rights situation. Yet, recent developments highlight that Myanmar continues to grapple with ongoing human rights concerns that could pose risks to the reform process..."
      Author/creator: Tomás Ojea Quintana
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: United Nations General Assembly (67th session)
      Format/size: pdf (100K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 November 2012


      Title: UN Expert: Human rights should lie at the heart of Myanmar’s reform process
      Date of publication: 25 October 2012
      Description/subject: "The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana, today highlighted the importance of keeping human rights on the agenda for Myanmar. This, he stressed, is particularly relevant in light of the ongoing violence in Rakhine State. The Special Rapporteur expressed concern that more lives have been lost in the violence and emphasised that the underlying causes of the tension and conflict between the Buddhist and Muslim communities in Rakhine State must be addressed as a priority...NEW YORK (25 October 2012) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana, today highlighted the importance of keeping human rights on the agenda for Myanmar. This, he stressed, is particularly relevant in light of the ongoing violence in Rakhine State. The Special Rapporteur expressed concern that more lives have been lost in the violence and emphasised that the underlying causes of the tension and conflict between the Buddhist and Muslim communities in Rakhine State must be addressed as a priority..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: United Nations
      Format/size: pdf (169K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 November 2012


      Title: Statement of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana, 4 August 2012, Yangon International Airport, Myanmar
      Date of publication: 04 August 2012
      Description/subject: "...To conclude, as reforms deepen in Myanmar, my mandate can help to highlight the importance of placing human rights standards and principles at the very heart of this process. Take, for instance, the flood of foreign investment that is beginning to enter the country. Adopting a human rights-based approach ensures that the principles of participation, non-discrimination, transparency, accountability and the rule of law guide this process. With this guiding framework of human rights, investments will serve to create a more fair and just society, in which the human rights of the people of Myanmar are fulfilled. The time to firmly embed a human rights-based approach in economic and social development is now. More generally, I believe that human rights should not fall off the agenda, and human rights concepts and principles need to be at the forefront of the entire reform process, driving it forward and keeping it focused on addressing the needs and aspirations of the people of Myanmar. It is my responsibility, as Special Rapporteur, to continue to emphasize this point..."
      Author/creator: Tomás Ojea Quintana
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: United Nations
      Format/size: pdf (74K)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=12405&LangID=E
      Date of entry/update: 06 August 2012


      Title: Statement of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar
      Date of publication: 05 February 2012
      Description/subject: 5 February 2012, Yangon International Airport, Myanmar... "...To conclude, I have previously stated that the steps taken by the Government had the potential to bring about an improvement in the human rights situation in Myanmar and deepen its transition to democracy. My mission confirmed that a positive impact has been made; however serious challenges remain and must be addressed. There is also a risk of backtracking on the progress achieved thus far. Therefore, at this crucial moment in the country’s history, further and sustained action should be taken to bring about further change. Prior to its assumption of the Chairpersonship of ASEAN in 2014, I would encourage Myanmar to demonstrate concrete progress in improving its human rights situation. The international community should remain engaged and should support and assist the Government during this important time..."
      Author/creator: Tomas Ojea Quintana
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: UNDP (Myanmar)
      Format/size: pdf (72K)
      Alternate URLs: http://unic.un.org/imucms/Dish.aspx?loc=80&pg=110
      Date of entry/update: 06 February 2012


      Title: Statement of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar
      Date of publication: 25 August 2011
      Description/subject: By Tomas Ojea Quintana, 25 August 2011, Yangon International Airport, Myanmar..... "I have just concluded my five-day mission to Myanmar - my fourth visit to the country since I was appointed in March 2008 and my first since February 2010. I would like to thank the Government of Myanmar for its invitation and hospitality, and for the cooperation and flexibility shown during my visit. During the mission, I met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Home Affairs, the Minister of Defence, the Deputy Chief of Police, the Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, who also holds the position of the Minister of Labour, the Attorney-General, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Union Election Commission and with some of the Presidential Advisors. I also met with the Speakers and members of the Pyi Thu and Amyotha Hluttaws, including representatives of ethnic political parties, and had the privilege to observe the second regular session of the Pyi Thu Hluttaw..."
      Author/creator: Tomas Ojea Quintana
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: United Nations
      Format/size: pdf (74K), html
      Alternate URLs: http://unic.un.org/imucms/Dish.aspx?loc=80&pg=110
      Date of entry/update: 25 August 2011


  • Special Procedures - general

    Websites/Multiple Documents

    Title: Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council
    Description/subject: This page has links to documents relating to the Special Procedures, including the web-pages of the different Special Rapporteurs. " 'Special procedures' is the general name given to the mechanisms established by the Commission on Human Rights to address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Currently, there are 28 thematic and 13 country mandates in place. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights provides these mechanisms with personnel and logistical assistance to aid them in the discharge of their mandates..."
    Source/publisher: Human Rights Council
    Date of entry/update: 02 March 2007


    Individual Documents

    Title: Submitting human rights information to the UN Special Procedures
    Date of publication: 09 July 2002
    Description/subject: "This is a brief guide to sending human rights information to the Special Procedures (country and thematic mechanisms/mandates) of the Commission on Human Rights. Those listed below all report to the Commission on Human Rights, while some report also to the General Assembly or other bodies. These reports are public, inform the debate at the GA and Commission and influence the resolutions on country human rights situations..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Burma Peace Foundation
    Format/size: html (17K)
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


  • Thematic Mandates

    Websites/Multiple Documents

    Title: Thematic mandates
    Description/subject: This page has links to the web-pages of the thematic mechanisms (special rapporteurs and representatives, independent experts and working groups) reporting to the Human Rights Council and (in some cases) also to the General Assembly.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Human Rights Council
    Date of entry/update: 02 March 2007


    • Working Group on Arbitrary Detention: Opinions/Decisions on Myanmar cases

      Individual Documents

      Title: Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinion 12/2010
      Date of publication: 02 March 2011
      Description/subject: Concerning Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi... Communication addressed to the Government on 1 February 2010...Opinion adopted on 7 May 2010...Extract from the Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Addendum: Opinions adopted by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention A/HRC/16/47/Add.1 of 2 March 2011
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: United Nations (A/HRC/16/47/Add.1)
      Format/size: pdf (35K)
      Alternate URLs: http://daccess-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G11/115/98/PDF/G1111598.pdf?OpenElement
      Date of entry/update: 04 October 2011


      Title: Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinion 23/2010
      Date of publication: 02 March 2011
      Description/subject: Concerning: Mr. Kyaw Zaw Lwin, a.k.a. Nyi Nyi Aung... Communication addressed to the Government on 10 March 2010...Opinion adopted on 2 September 2010... Extract from the Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Addendum: Opinions adopted by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention A/HRC/16/47/Add.1 of 2 March 2011
      Language: English (French and Spanish also available)
      Source/publisher: United Nations (A/HRC/16/47/Add.1)
      Format/size: pdf (18K)
      Alternate URLs: http://daccess-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G11/115/98/PDF/G1111598.pdf?OpenElement
      Date of entry/update: 04 October 2011


      Title: Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinion 4/2010
      Date of publication: 02 March 2011
      Description/subject: Concerning: Dr Tin Min Htut and Mr. U Nyi Pu...Communication addressed to the Government on 29 May 2009...Opinion adopted on 5 May 2010...Extract from the Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Addendum: Opinions adopted by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention A/HRC/16/47/Add.1 of 2 March 2011
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: United Nations (A/HRC/16/47/Add.1)
      Format/size: pdf (32K)
      Alternate URLs: http://daccess-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G11/115/98/PDF/G1111598.pdf?OpenElement
      Date of entry/update: 04 October 2011


      Title: Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinion 46/2008
      Date of publication: 28 November 2008
      Description/subject: "...(a) The Working Group confirms its previous Opinions (Opinion Nos. 8/1992, 2/2002, 9/2004 and 2/2007), declaring Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi's placement under house 4 arrest as arbitrary, being in contravention of Articles 9, 10 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, (b) The Working Group considers that the further extension of Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi's placement under house arrest by administrative way is arbitrary as it violates the rights and fundamental .freedoms, established in articles 9, 10 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and even domestic law, particularly the State Protection Law 1975, which itself contradicts to the basic principles and norms of modern international law. Violations of Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi's liberty fell under categories I, II and III of the categories applicable to the cases submitted to the Working Group of Arbitrary Detention..."..... This is a draft version of the Opinion -- no doubt minor changes of spelling etc. will be made in the final version.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: United Nations (Working Group on Arbitrary Detention)
      Format/size: pdf (32K)
      Date of entry/update: 24 March 2009


      Title: Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinion 2/2007
      Date of publication: 16 January 2008
      Description/subject: "...The deprivation of liberty of Aung San Suu Kyi is arbitrary being in contravention of articles 9, 10 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and falls under categories II and III of the categories applicable to the consideration of cases submitted to the Working Group..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: United Nations (Working Group on Arbitrary Detention)
      Format/size: pdf (92K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 March 2009


      Title: Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinion 4/2006
      Date of publication: 02 February 2007
      Description/subject: "...The detention of Ms. Su Su Nway is arbitrary, being in contravention of articles 9, 10 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and falls within categories II and III of the categories applicable to the consideration of cases submitted to the Working Group..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: United Nations (Working Group on Arbitrary Detention)
      Format/size: pdf (84K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 March 2009


      Title: Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinion 11/2005
      Date of publication: 19 October 2005
      Description/subject: "...In the light of the foregoing, the Working Group renders the following opinion: The deprivation of liberty of U Tin Oo is arbitrary, being in contravention of articles 9, 10, 19, 20 and 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and falls within categories II and III of the categories applicable to the consideration of the cases submitted to the Working Group..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: United Nations (Working Group on Arbitrary Detention)
      Format/size: pdf (83K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 March 2009


      Title: Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinion 16/2004
      Date of publication: 19 November 2004
      Description/subject: "...In the light of the foregoing, the Working Group renders the following opinion: The deprivation of liberty of Maung Chan Thar Kyaw is arbitrary, being in violation of articles 9, 10 and 11 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and falls within category III of the categories applicable to the consideration of cases submitted to the Working Group..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: United Nations (Working Group on Arbitrary Detention)
      Format/size: pdf (83K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 March 2009


      Title: Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinion 9/2004
      Date of publication: 19 November 2004
      Description/subject: "...In the light of the foregoing, the Working Group renders the following opinion: The deprivation of liberty of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is arbitrary, being in contravention of article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and falls within category I of the categories applicable to the consideration of the cases submitted to the Working Group..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: United Nations (Working Group on Arbitrary Detention)
      Format/size: pdf (85K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 March 2009


      Title: Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinion. No. 2/2002
      Date of publication: 23 January 2003
      Description/subject: "...In the light of the foregoing, the Working Group renders the following opinion: The deprivation of liberty of Aung San Suu Kyi is arbitrary, being in contravention of articles 9, 10, 19 and 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and falls within categories II and III of the categories applicable to the consideration of cases submitted to the Working Group. 18. The Working Group is concerned that the Government not only did not comply with its Decision 8/1992 to remedy the situation of Aung San Suu Kyi, who was released from house arrest only in 1995, but again arbitrarily deprived her of her liberty from 22 September to 6 May 2002..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: United Nations (Working Group on Arbitrary Detention)
      Format/size: pdf (87K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 March 2009


      Title: Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinion 12/2001
      Date of publication: 11 December 2001
      Description/subject: "...In the light of the foregoing, the Working Group renders the following opinion: (i) The deprivation of the liberty of Paw Oo Tun is arbitrary, being in contravention of articles 9, 19 and 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and falls within categories I and II of the categories applicable to the consideration of cases submitted to the Working Group. (ii) The Working Group decides, furthermore, to transmit the information concerning the alleged ill-treatment of Paw Oo Tun to the Special Rapporteur on the question of torture..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: United Nations (Working Group on Arbitrary Detention)
      Format/size: pdf (78K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 March 2009


      Title: Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinion No. 25/2000
      Date of publication: 09 November 2000
      Description/subject: "...In the light of the above, the Working Group renders the following opinion: (a) The deprivation of liberty of James Mawdsley is arbitrary and in contravention of articles 9, 10 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and falls within categories II and III of the categories of cases submitted for the Group’s examination; (b) The revival of the earlier sentence of five years in a subsequent trial is also arbitrary and falls under category I of the categories applicable to the consideration of cases submitted to the Working Group..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: United Nations (Working Group on Arbitrary Detention)
      Format/size: pdf (82K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 March 2009


      Title: Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinion No. 2/1999
      Date of publication: 17 December 1999
      Description/subject: "...In the light of the foregoing, the Working Group renders the following opinion: The deprivation of liberty of U Tun Win, Kyi Min, U Hlaing Aye, U Myint Aung, U Aung Soe, U Kyaw Myint, U Thein Kyi, U Than Naing, U Myint Thein, U Aung Myint Thein, U Tha Aung, U Aung San Myint, U Aung Naing and U Tar is arbitrary, as being in contravention of articles 19 and 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and falls within category II of the categories applicable to the consideration of the cases submitted to the Working Group..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: United Nations (Working Group on Arbitrary Detention)
      Format/size: pdf (91K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 March 2009


      Title: Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinion No. 20/1997
      Date of publication: 19 December 1997
      Description/subject: "...In the light of the foregoing, the Working Group renders the following opinion: The deprivation of liberty of Khin Sint Aung is arbitrary, as being in contravention of articles 9 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and falls within category II of the applicable categories to the consideration of the cases submitted to the Working Group..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: United Nations (Working Group on Arbitrary Detention)
      Format/size: pdf (59K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 March 2009


      Title: Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Decision 13/1994
      Date of publication: 18 December 1994
      Description/subject: "...In the light of the above the Working Group decides: The detention of the above-mentioned persons, is declared to be arbitrary being in contravention of article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and falling within category II of the principles applicable in the consideration of the cases submitted to the Working Group. 10. Consequent upon the decision of the Working Group declaring the detention of Dr. Ma Thida, Dr. Aung Khint Sint, Moe Tin et Kyaing Ohn to be arbitrary, the Working Group requests the Government of Myanmar to take the necessary steps to remedy the situation in order to bring it into conformity with the provisions and principles incorporated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: United Nations (Working Group on Arbitrary Detention)
      Format/size: pdf (28K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 March 2009


      Title: Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Decision 62/1993
      Date of publication: 05 October 1994
      Description/subject: "...In the light of the above the Working Group decides: The detention of U Tin Oo and Thu Ra alias "Zargana", as well as that of Aung Lwin and Nyan Paw, despite their release, is considered to be arbitrary, being in contravention of article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and falling within category II of the principles applicable in the consideration of cases submitted to the Working Group..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: United Nations (Working Group on Arbitrary Detention)
      Format/size: pdf (30K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 March 2009


      Title: Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Decision 8/1992
      Date of publication: 12 January 1993
      Description/subject: "...In the light of the above the Working Group decides: The detention of U Nu and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is declared to be arbitrary, being in contravention of articles 9, 10, 11, 19 and 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and articles 9, 14, 19 and 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and falling within categories II and III of the principles applicable in the consideration of the cases submitted to the Working Group..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: United Nations (Working Group on Arbitrary Detention)
      Format/size: pdf (69K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 March 2009