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UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar

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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