Media Advisory – Myanmar: UN Special Rapporteur postpones planned visit

Myanmar: UN Special Rapporteur postpones planned visit

BANGKOK (12 February 2016) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, has postponed her planned visit to Myanmar scheduled for next week due to a family medical emergency.

“I thank the Government of Myanmar for its flexibility and understanding during this difficult personal time. I look forward to continuing cooperation and dialogue with the Government and hope to reschedule my visit in the coming months,” Ms. Lee stated.

The Special Rapporteur will submit her next report on Myanmar to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2016.

ENDS

 

Ms. Yanghee Lee (Republic of Korea) was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in 2014. She is independent from any government or organization and serves in her individual capacity. Ms. Lee served as member and chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (2003-2011). She is currently a professor at Sungkyunwan University, Seoul, and serves on the Advisory Committee of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea. Ms. Lee is the founding President of International Child Rights Center, and serves as Vice-chair of the National Unification Advisory Council. Learn more, go to: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/SP/CountriesMandates/MM/Pages/SRMyanmar.aspx

 

UN Human Rights, country page – Myanmar: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/countries/AsiaRegion/Pages/MMIndex.aspx

 

For more information, please contact Ms. Caroline Avanzo (+41 22 928 9208 / cavanzo@ohchr.org)

 

For media inquiries related to other UN independent experts:

Xabier Celaya, UN Human Rights – Media Unit (+ 41 22 917 9383 / xcelaya@ohchr.org)

 

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