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The latest ceasefire reached between the Government of Myanmar and 16 ethnic armed groups operating in the Asian country is “a historic and significant achievement,” bringing to an end more than 60 years of conflict and hostilities, a United Nations envoy has declared.
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A United Nations request to move more than 10,000 “highly vulnerable” displaced Muslims out of two camps in Rakhine State before the onset of the monsoon season has met with a tough response from the chief minister, who said they must first comply with the citizenship verification process.
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Ms Grete Faremo, United Nations Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS, urged Myanmar to continue to extend essential health care to poor and vulnerable communities, and pledged to support the development of the country’s health, according to a press release issued on March 26 by the United Nations Office of Project Services or UNOPS.
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The Human Rights Abuse Investigation Committee (HRAIC) has begun recording human rights violations against political prisoners (PPs) who were imprisoned under Myanmar’s former military dictatorship, according to David Hla Myint, secretary of the committee.
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Women’s League of Burma submitted a human rights report, including the violent police crackdowns on student protestors and the brutal rape and murder of two Kachin female teachers, to the United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review, WLB general secretary Daw Julia told Mizzima.
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The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar today called on the country’s authorities to address ongoing challenges to the democratic reform process “before they undermine the success achieved so far.” (more…)

A U.N. human rights investigator said on Wednesday she expects Myanmar to guarantee her security, despite failing to censure a radical Buddhist monk who called her a “whore” and incited his followers against her.
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The United Nations remains committed to helping Myanmar achieve its humanitarian and development needs in order to boost living standards for all its citizens, top UN officials have declared during their visit to the Asian country. (more…)

The government of Australia has pledged US$2.5 million in assistance to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the protection of children in Burma from sexual and physical violence, and human trafficking. (more…)

The United Nations (UN) special rapporteur on human rights in Burma, Yanghee Lee, has issued a report that paints a bleak picture of the rights situation in the country, following a ten-day trip earlier this year, noting severe and sometimes worsening restrictions on democracy.
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The Three Millennium Development Goal Fund will partner with the with United Nations Population Fund to support the Myanmar Health Ministry’s plans to strengthen the health system, according to a press release from the fund on March 5. (more…)

The Shan Human Rights Foundation has alleged that the Burma Army killed, injured and tortured at least 10 ethnic Kokang civilians while it was fighting Kokang rebels in the Kokang Special Region in northern Shan State last month. (more…)

The Kachin Baptist Convention plans to ask the United Nations to join its team investigating the rape and murder of two female volunteers in northern Shan State in January, a senior official said.
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The United Nations human rights chief warned Wednesday that widespread abuses of minority rights in Myanmar threatened to undermine reforms in the country.
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A Myanmar-based United Nations official has criticised a recent Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement that said the UN special rapporteur on human rights had created “discord” during her latest visit.
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Local aid groups in Kachin State have been forced to increase their support to IDP camps in response to the government’s refusal to allow any United Nations aid convoys into Kachin Independence Army-controlled territory since September.
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Civic society organisations (CSOs) are going to compile a report on Myanmar’s human rights situation and send it to the United Nations for the first time.

The report will emphasise freedom of expression, the role of groups protecting human rights, farmland and development, the role of the human rights commission, legal reforms, the rule of law, freedom of religious rights and armed conflicts.
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The United Nations human rights envoy to Burma on Thursday hit back at government claims she was infringing upon state sovereignty and exacerbating tensions in the country, saying the criticism was “hard to comprehend.”
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The head of the United Nations’ technical advisory board for Myanmar’s census has dismissed criticisms of the process and blamed civil society and human rights groups for having “inflamed” tensions surrounding the count.
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Two senior United Nations officials have called for increased humanitarian assistance and development efforts to meet the needs of all communities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state following a visit there this week.
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