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U.S. Ambassador Derek Mitchell, joined by USAID Mission Director Chris Milligan, visited Sittwe and Mrauk-U on August 19-21 according to a statement from the U.S. Embassy dated 24 August.
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UNESCO in Myanmar teamed up with the Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO) to address a hate speech issue, according to a press release out on August 21.
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The Myanmar Parliament’s passage of two bills targeting religious minorities constitutes an attack on religious freedom and threatens to stoke inter-communal tensions and violence less than three months ahead of critical general elections, said ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR).
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Flooding and landslides caused by monsoon rains and the tail end of Cyclone Komen since last month killed 103 people and affected nearly 1.3 million people in Myanmar, a senior government official said on Thursday, RFA reported on 13 August.
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Burma’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs lashed out on Thursday against “a wide range of allegations” made by UN rights rapporteur Yanghee Lee.
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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will raise the issue of the Rohingya Muslim genocide in Myanmar at the United Nations during its upcoming General Assembly session according to a report on the aaj.tv website on 11 August.
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UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee concluded her third official visit to Myanmar on a cautionary note, urging the government to “reconsider” intolerance of critical voices ahead of November’s general election.
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The Burmese government has placed prohibitive limits on the mandate of UN rights envoy Yanghee Lee during her third official visit to the country, the special rapporteur told reporters on Friday at the tail end of a five-day fact finding mission.
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The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is supporting the Myanmar government and its civil society partners to respond to the devastating impacts of flooding and landslides triggered by Cyclone Komen.
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UN rights envoy Yanghee Lee visited flood-stricken Pegu Division on Wednesday to meet with activists who have been jailed there since a police crackdown on student protests earlier this year.
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UN human rights envoy to Burma, Yanghee Lee, is currently in the country for her third official visit since assuming the role in June 2014.
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The top representative for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Myanmar has reminded candidates from more than 80 political parties running in historic elections 99 days from today, “to make new commitments for children” and to improve spending for health, education and social welfare which remains the lowest in the Southeast Asian region, the UN News Centre reported on 4 August. (more…)

Cyclone Komen, which swept across western Myanmar states late last week is now known to have caused extensive damage, including to areas that are home to thousands of displaced people. UNHCR and partners are still assessing the impact on the existing displaced populations in Rakhine and Kachin states, with a view to identifying immediate needs and distributing relief.
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Myanmar has suffered heavy rains, winds and flooding since Cyclone Komen made landfall in Bangladesh on 30 July, causing landslides and damage in different parts of the country, United Nations agencies have warned.
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The UN’s refugee agency unveiled a draft plan this week detailing how to carry out the voluntary repatriation of 110,000 refugees residing in Thailand’s camps, drawing mixed reactions from camp leaders.
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Wrapping up a five-day mission to Myanmar, Volker Türk, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection in the United Nations refugee agency called for more concerted support to resolve the plight of displaced people and those with undetermined citizenship in the country.
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The Global Community, UNICEF, and WHO Urged to Take Prompt Action – 1st Situation Report on ‘Rohingya Children’, SAIRI Research Initiative.
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A leading UN official has called for more support for the 140,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Arakan State, the majority of whom are Rohingya Muslims. However, on the same day – 16 July – Burmese state media released a report suggesting that IDPs have an excess of UN-supplied rations.
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Special Representative to the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict of the UN, Leila Zerrougui led a press conference in Yangon on July 16 to address the end of her first visit to Myanmar saying that work has to been done and gaps need to be filled.
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The first woman to be appointed as an Ambassador of Burma in five decades, Daw Yin Yin Myint represents the country in Germany, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland and Poland. The wife of the late General Aung San, Daw Khin Kyi, was her only true predecessor as a politically appointed ambassador to India in the 1960s. During a recent visit to Germany, The Irrawaddy sat down with Yin Yin Myint for to discuss Burma’ diplomatic relations with Europe and her experience as a female diplomat.
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