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UN human rights envoy for Myanmar due today

  • Published at 02:19 am February 20th, 2017
UN human rights envoy for Myanmar due today
She is expected to visit various locations in Cox’s Bazar, where the Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are living in camps, a UN press release said. “The announcement that the military security operations in the north of Rakhine has ceased is welcomed. However, we cannot forget the numerous allegations of grave human rights violations recorded by the team deployed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to Cox’s Bazar last month,” the human rights expert said. [caption id="attachment_47879" align="alignleft" width="359"]Professor-Yanghee-Lee Yanghee Lee[/caption] Yanghee Lee, who undertook her fifth visit to Myanmar in January, will focus on the situation of the Rohingyas who crossed into Bangladesh in the past 4-5 months and the events which led to their crossing over. “Having access to these affected communities would help give me a better understanding of their human rights situation in Myanmar,” she said. After her 12-day visit to Myanmar, Lee warned about possible reprisals against people she met during her recent official visit to the country. “I must remind again that these attacks took place within the context of decades of systematic and institutionalised discrimination against the Rohingya population,” she noted. The expert also went to several affected Muslim villages. Speaking at a news briefing held in Yangon at the end of her visit to Myanmar, Lee said the government led by Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi would “appear less and less credible” if it continued being defensive in response to allegations of persistently reported serious human rights violations, Bangkok Post reported. Following her three-day visit to Bangladesh, the human rights expert will issue an end of mission statement and share her findings when she presents a new report to the UN Human Rights Council on March 13, 2017. The report will be posted online. In order to ensure humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya refugees, the government has decided to relocate them to Thengar Char, an Island next to Hatia Island in the Bay of Bengal.
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