Yangon, 1 May 2013 – The Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator ai, Mr. Bertrand Bainvel, welcomes the release of the Report of the Rakhine State Conflict Investigation Commission to the Government of Myanmar. He acknowledges the emphasis placed on the urgent need to provide internally displaced persons (IDPs) with humanitarian assistance, and promptly improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable IDPS prior to the monsoon season. He urges the Government to take adequate measures to guarantee humanitarian workers unimpeded access to provide assistance to all affected people, as well as to take action against all forms of incitement.
Statement on behalf of the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General of the UN on Myanmar
The Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Myanmar, Mr. Vijay Nambiar, visited Myanmar from 3rd to 6th of February at the invitation of the Minister in the President’s Office, U Soe Thane. During his visit he held discussions with the Ministers in the President Office, U Soe Thane and U Aung Min, Minister for Immigration and Population, U Khin Yi, and other government officials as well as with members of civil society in Myanmar and of the diplomatic corps in Yangon. The main subject of his discussions was the situation in Kachin and developments linked with that situation.
GENEVA (28 March 2013) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana, today expressed serious concerns over the spread of violence between Muslim and Buddhist communities in Myanmar and urged bold steps by the Government to counteract this frightening trend.
“The Government must take immediate action to stop the violence from spreading to other parts of the country and undermining the reform process. This includes stemming campaigns of discrimination and hate speech which are fuelling racist and, in particular, anti-Muslim feeling in the country. And it involves holding to account those responsible for acts of violence and destruction against religious and ethnic minorities,” the Special Rapporteur said.
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Statement of the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide on the situation in Myanmar
(New York, 25 March 2013) The Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng, expresses deep concern at reports of increased violence between Muslim and Buddhist communities in Myanmar.
Yangon, 25 March 2013 – The Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for Myanmar, Mr. Vijay Nambiar, today concluded a five-day working visit to Myanmar at the invitation of the Government of Myanmar.
During his stay in the country, he was received by President U Thein Sein on March 25 2013. He also held discussions with senior ministers and government, army and police officials concerned, in addition to representatives from civil society and religious leaders.
The Special Adviser of the Secretary-General, who reached Yangon this evening, expressed deep sorrow at the tragic loss of lives and destruction in Meiktila township in Mandalay division.
While firm action by the authorities was needed to prevent further loss of life or spread of violence, the continued fostering of communal harmony and preservation of peace and tranquility among the people was the most urgent priority and this was the responsibility of all sections of society. Religious leaders and other community leaders must also publicly call on their followers to abjure violence, respect the law and promote peace.
Statement on unrest in Meiktila by Ashok Nigam,
United Nations Resident Coordinator in Myanmar
Yangon 21 March 2013 – As the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Myanmar, I am deeply concerned with the violence and loss of lives and property in Meiktila Township, Mandalay Division. Prevention of such incidents must be given top priority.
In addition to ardent efforts by the religious and political leaders and the authorities to calm the situation, I call upon all parties in the unrest in Meiktila to exercise the utmost tolerance and restraint within their communities. ENDS
Yangon, Myanmar, 18 March 2013. A United Nations delegation wrapped-up a 10-day visit to the Union of Myanmar today. Delegates from 21 Member States travelled to Myanmar from New York and Rome to meet with government authorities, parliamentarians and important stakeholders in Yangon and Naypyidaw, as well as in several localities in Central Myanmar (Dry Zone), Rakhine and Southern Shan.