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Press Release: UNODC‐supported Alternative Development Coffee from Myanmar launched in French Parliament

Paris (France), 22 March 2019 – In a pivotal moment for Myanmar’s burgeoning specialty coffee industry, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and French coffee company Malongo today launched a new line of high‐quality coffee, Shan Mountain Coffee, in the French Parliament.

The first tasting and presentation of Shan Mountain Coffee took place at the Presidential Hall of the Parliament in presence of the President of the National Assembly Richard Ferrand and dozens of other prominent guests. At the same time, the sales of Shan Mountain Coffee opened in Malongo stores in Paris and Nice.
The Shan Mountain Coffee is ethically sourced in conflict‐ridden Shan State in eastern Myanmar. Shan State produces nearly 90 per cent of opium cultivated in Myanmar, the second largest opium exporter in the world (after Afghanistan).

The Shan Mountain Coffee is grown by a UNODC‐supported Green Gold Cooperative formed by almost 1,000 farmers in Shan State who used to cultivate opium poppy. The strategic partnership between Malongo, the Green Gold Cooperative and UNODC is a key to bringing peace, prosperity and environmental sustainability to Shan State which is one of the top opium poppy cultivation areas in the world.

“UNODC is proud to have been part of this exciting initiative that developed a brand new premium coffee product as a means for reducing opium production in Myanmar,” said Troels Vester, UNODC Country Manager in Myanmar. “Judging by its success here in French Parliament, the Shan Mountain Coffee is now set to make it in France and encourage others in Myanmar to switch from opium to growing alternatives crops.”

The emergence of Myanmar as a coffee producer is supported by UNODC’s Alternative Development Programme, co‐financed by two main donors, Finland and Germany, and with the additional support of Switzerland, that is giving resources directly to the Cooperative.

The programme’s objective to develop sustainable livelihood alternatives for opium growing communities has enabled participating farmers to independently cultivate, refine and commercialize high quality coffee that can be exported to one of the most competitive international markets. The establishment of the farmer‐run Green Gold Cooperative ensures that these farmers will indeed see the fruits of their labour for many years to come.

“In Shan State, this programme has not only provided livelihoods and increased confidence in governance, but also promoted environmental sustainability, land tenure rights, and contributed to creating an enabling environment for peace,” said Miwa Kato, Director of Operations for UNODC. “The partnership between the Malongo Coffee company and the Green Gold Cooperative in Myanmar demonstrates how both public and private interests can merge to benefit small farmer communities,” she added.

“Malongo is a private company, our involvement in such a project is not about charity or helping coffee producers, it is about business. But we want to set up another kind of business where the added value is shared between the actors of the supply chain, where producers can live with dignity from their work, where consumers are faithful and satisfied with the quality,” said Jean‐Pierre Blanc, Director General of Malongo Coffee Company.

Green Gold began the partnership with Malongo to bring to market alternative
development coffee in 2017. Under this long‐term (five year) partnership agreement,
Malongo will buy up to 600 tonnes of coffee per year from more than one thousand
beneficiary farmers.

Farmers cultivating illicit drug crops are usually unable to obtain sufficient income from legal activities and are among the most marginalized in society, with profits fueling protracted armed conflict in Myanmar’s peripheral regions. Alternative development has been one of the most successful approaches to providing these farmers with more stable, sustainable livelihoods.

Nang San Hlaing is a beneficiary farmer from Taung Nauk village in Southern Shan State. Reflecting on her area’s transition from conflict to peace, she illustrated the impact of alternative development in creating an environment of peace: “After we joined the UNODC coffee programme in 2015, Myanmar soldiers and ethnic armed groups make fewer visits to our village. We enjoy a more peaceful life now and would like to thank UNODC for working in our village and helping poor farmers to plant coffee for a sustainable income.”

Women play a crucial role in this programme participating as farmers, village level
committee members and representatives in the governing bodies of Green Gold. Although there have been important advances, women still face challenges as farmers and community leaders, role models and mothers. Nang Lone, ethnic Shan woman from Taunt Lan village (Loilem township) expresses her feelings related to her participation in the programme: “People may think differently about my role in my family, however I must step up for my children’s future. And for my community.”

For further information, please contact:

Troels Vester
Country Manager

UNODC Myanmar Office

troels.vester@unodc.org
 

Shan Mountain Coffee on display at a Malongo Store in Paris. Photo credit: UNODC


Speaker of the French Parliament Richard Ferrand attending the launch of Shan Mountain Coffee in French National Assembly in Paris. Photo credit: UNODC

UNODC မွ ေထာက္ပံ့ကူညီသည့္ ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံ၏  အစားထိုးဖြံ႕ျဖိဳးေရးလုပ္ငန္းထုတ္ကုန္ ေကာ္ဖီကို ျပင္သစ္နိုင္ငံ ပါလီမန္တြင္ စတင္မိတ္ဆက္

ပဲရစ္ ( ျပင္သစ္နိုင္ငံ)၊ ၂၂ မတ္လ ၂၀၁၉ – ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံ၏ အရွိန္အဟုန္ ျမင့္မားစြာ ၾကီးထြားလာေသာ ေကာ္ဖီ ကုန္ထုတ္လုပ္ငန္း၏ အေရးၾကီးေသာအေရြ႕တစ္ခုတြင္ UNODC နွင့္ ျပင္သစ္ေကာ္ဖီကုမၸဏီ (Malongo)တို႔ပူးေပါင္း၍ ရွမ္းေတာင္တန္းေဒသထြက္ အရည္အေသြးျမင့္ ေကာ္ဖီအမွတ္တံဆိပ္ အသစ္တစ္ခုကို ယေန႔ ျပင္သစ္ ပါလီမန္တြင္ စတင္မိတ္ဆက္ခဲ့ပါသည္။

ပထမဆံုးေသာ ရွမ္းေတာင္တန္းေဒသထြက္ ေကာ္ဖီ အရသာ ျမည္းစမ္းျခင္းနွင့္ အစီရင္ခံ တင္ျပျခင္းကို ပါလီမန္ရွိ သမၼတ ခန္းမေဆာင္တြင္ က်င္းပခဲ့ျပီး President of the National Assembly Richard Ferrand နွင့္ အျခား ထင္ရွားသည့္ ဧည့္သည္ေတာ္ ဆယ့္နွစ္ေယာက္တက္ေရာက္ခဲ့ပါသည္။ တစ္ခ်ိန္တည္းမွာပင္ ရွမ္းေတာင္တန္းေဒသထြက္ ေကာ္ဖီ ဖြင့္လွစ္ေရာင္းခ်ျခင္းကို  ပဲရစ္ျမိဳ႕ နွင့္ နိုက္စ္ျမိဳ႕ ရွိ Malongo အေရာင္းဆိုင္မ်ားတြင္ ျပဳလုပ္ခဲ့ပါသည္။

ရွမ္းေတာင္တန္းေဒသထြက္ ေကာ္ဖီသည္ ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံ အေရွ႕ပိုင္းရွိ ပဋိပကၡမ်ား လႊမ္းမိုးခဲ့ေသာ ရွမ္းျပည္နယ္၏ ေဒသထြက္ အရင္းအျမစ္တစ္ခုျဖစ္ပါသည္။ ကမၻာ့ ဘိန္းထုတ္လုပ္ေရာင္းခ်မႈ အမ်ားဆံုး နိုင္ငံစာရင္းတြင္ အာဖဂန္နစ္စတန္နိုင္ငံျပီးလွ်င္ ဒုတိယေျမာက္ အမ်ားဆံုးျဖစ္ေသာ ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံ၏ ၉၀ % ေသာ ဘိန္းကို ရွမ္းျပည္နယ္မွ ထြက္ရွိပါသည္။

ရွမ္းေတာင္တန္းေဒသထြက္ ေကာ္ဖီသည္ UNODC မွ ေထာက္ပံ့ကူညီေပးထားေသာ ရွမ္းျပည္နယ္ရွိ ေတာင္သူ ၁၀၀၀ ခန္႔ျဖင့္ ဖြဲ႔စည္းထားသည့္ Green Gold သမ၀ါယမအသင္းမွ စိုက္ပ်ိဳး ထုတ္လုပ္ျခင္းျဖစ္ပါသည္။ ထိုေတာင္သူ ၁၀၀၀ခန္႔မွာ လြန္ခဲ့ေသာကာလက ဘိန္းစိုက္ေတာင္သူမ်ား ျဖစ္ခဲ့ၾကသည္။ Green Gold သမ၀ါယမအသင္း၊ Malongo ျပင္သစ္ေကာ္ဖီကုမၸဏီနွင့္ UNODC တို႔ၾကားရွိ မဟာဗ်ဴဟာက်က် ပူးေပါင္းလုပ္ေဆာင္ျခင္းသည္ ကမၻာေပၚရွိ ထိပ္တန္းဘိန္းစိုက္ပ်ိဳးထုတ္လုပ္သည့္ ေနရာမ်ားမွ တစ္ခုျဖစ္ေသာ ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံ ရွမ္းျပည္နယ္ေတာင္ပိုင္းတြင္ ျငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရး၊ တိုးတက္ေရးနွင့္ သဘာ၀ပတ္၀န္းက်င္ ေရရွည္တည္တံ့ေစေရးကို ေဖာ္ေဆာင္ရာတြင္ အဓိက ေသာ့ခ်က္တစ္ခုျဖစ္ပါသည္။

“ UNODC အေနနဲ႕ ျပင္သစ္ေစ်းကြက္မွာ အာမခံခ်က္အျပည့္ရွိ ေကာ္ဖီထုတ္ကုန္ အမွတ္တံဆိပ္သစ္တစ္ခု ထုတ္လုပ္နိုင္တဲ့ စိတ္လႈပ္ရွားဖို႔ေကာင္းတဲ့ စြန္႔ဦးတီထြင္လုပ္ငန္းတစ္ခုမွာ တစ္စိတ္တစ္ပိုင္းအေနနဲ႕ ပါ၀င္ေဆာင္ရြက္ခြင့္ရတဲ့အတြက္ မ်ားစြာ ဂုဏ္ယူပါတယ္။ ဒီလုပ္ငန္းကဆိုရင္ ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံမွာ ဘိန္းထုတ္လုပ္မႈကို ေလ်ာ့က်ေစပါတယ္။” ဟု ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံ UNODC Country Manager ျဖစ္သူ Mr. Troels Vester မွ ေျပာၾကားခဲ့ပါသည္။ ဆက္လက္ျပီး

“ျပင္သစ္နိုင္ငံ ပါလီမန္မွာ က်င္းပတဲ့ အရသာျမည္းစမ္းတဲ့ပြဲမွာ ေအာင္ေအာင္ျမင္ျမင္ အကဲျဖတ္ျပီးတဲ့ေနာက္ ရွမ္းေတာင္တန္း ေဒသထြက္ ေကာ္ဖီထုတ္ကုန္ဟာ အခုအခါ ဥေရာပနိုင္ငံထုတ္ေကာ္ဖီအျဖစ္ တံဆိပ္ကပ္နိုင္ျပီျဖစ္တယ္။ ဒါ့ေၾကာင့္ ဘိန္းစိုက္ပ်ိဳးျခင္းမွ အျခားေသာ သီးနွံမ်ား ေျပာင္းလဲစိုက္ပ်ိဳးနိုင္ရန္အတြက္ အျခားေတာင္သူမ်ားကိုလည္း အားက်အတုယူေစနိုင္ျပီ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ” ဟု ေျပာၾကားခဲ့ပါသည္

ယခုကဲ့သို႔ ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံကို ေကာ္ဖီထုတ္လုပ္သည့္ေနရာတစ္ခုအျဖစ္  ဂုဏ္ယူစြာ ျဖစ္ထြန္းလာေစရန္အတြက္ UNODC၏ေရရွည္တည္တံ့ခိုင္ျမဲေသာ အစားထိုးဖြ႔ံျဖိဳးေရး စီမံကိန္းမွေသာ္လည္းေကာင္း  အဓိက အလွဴရွင္ မ်ားျဖစ္ၾကသည့္ ဖင္လန္နွင့္ ဂ်ာမနီအစိုးရ တို႔ကေငြေၾကးအရေသာ္လည္းေကာင္း ဆြစ္ဇာလန္အဖြဲ႔အစည္းမွ သမ၀ါယမအသင္းအား အျခားလိုအပ္သည့္ အရင္းအျမစ္မ်ားျဖင့္ေသာ္လည္းေကာင္း ကူညီေထာက္ပံ့ေပးလ်ွက္ရွိပါသည္။

စီမံကိန္း၏ ရည္ရြယ္ခ်က္မွာ ဘိန္းစိုက္ေတာင္သူမ်ားအတြက္ ေရရွည္တည္တံ့ခိုင္ျမဲေသာ အစားထိုး အသက္ေမြး၀မ္းေက်ာင္းလုပ္ငန္းမ်ားဖြံျဖိဳးလာေစရန္အတြက္ ေတာင္သူမ်ားအေနျဖင့္ ေကာ္ဖီ စိုက္ပ်ိဳးျခင္း၊ ျပဳစုပ်ိဳးေထာင္ျခင္းတို႔ကို လြတ္လပ္စြာ လုပ္ေဆာင္နိုင္ေစရန္နွင့္  နိုင္ငံတကာေစ်းကြက္မ်ားတြင္ လူၾကိဳက္အမ်ားဆံုးေသာ ေကာ္ဖီမ်ားထဲမွ တစ္ခုအျဖစ္ ျပည္ပသို႔တင္ပို႔နိုင္ေသာ အရည္အေသြးျမင့္ ေကာ္ဖီထုတ္လုပ္နိုင္ျခင္းျဖင့္ အက်ိဳးအျမတ္ရရွိေစရန္ ျဖစ္သည္။

“ရွမ္းျပည္နယ္မွာေတာ့ ဒီစီမံကိန္းက အသက္ေမြး၀မ္းေက်ာင္း လုပ္ငန္းေတြေပးတယ္။ အစိုးရပိုင္းကိုလည္း ယံုၾကည္မႈတိုးေစတယ္။ ဒါတင္မကပါဘူး သဘာ၀ပတ္၀န္းက်င္ ေရရွည္တည္တံ့ေစျပီး၊ ေျမယာပိုင္ဆိုင္မႈ သက္တမ္း ရပိုင္ခြင့္ စတာေတြကိုလည္း ျမွင့္တင္ေပးပါတယ္။ ျပီးေတာ့ ျငိမ္းခ်မ္းတဲ့ ပတ္၀န္းက်င္တစ္ခု ဖန္တီးတဲ့ေနရာမွာလည္း အေထာက္အကူျပဳပါတယ္။” ဟု UNODC မွ Director of Operations ျဖစ္သူ Ms. Miwa Kato မွ ေျပာၾကားခဲ့ပါသည္။ ထို႔အျပင္ သူမက “Malongo ေကာ္ဖီကုမၸဏီနွင့္ ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံရွိ Green Gold သမ၀ါယမအသင္းတို႔ရဲ႕ နွစ္ဦးနွစ္ဖက္ အက်ိဳးတူ ပူးေပါင္းလုပ္ေဆာင္ျခင္းေၾကာင့္ အမ်ားျပည္သူနွင့္ စီးပြါးေရး လုပ္ငန္းစုမ်ား၏ စိတ္ပါ၀င္စားမႈက ေတာင္သူလယ္သမား အသင္းအဖြဲ႕ငယ္အတြက္ အက်ိဳးေက်းဇူးေတြ ဘယ္ေလာက္ထိ ရရွိနိုင္လဲဆိုတာကိုလည္း ေဖာ္ျပေနပါတယ္။” ဟုထပ္မံ ျဖည့္စြက္ေျပာၾကားခဲ့ပါသည္။

“Malongo က စီးပြါးေရးလုပ္ငန္းကုမၸဏီတစ္ခုျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ က်ြန္ေတာ္တို႔ ဒီလိုစီမံကိန္းမွာ ပါ၀င္ျခင္းက  ေကာ္ဖီထုတ္လုပ္သူေတြကို ကူညီေပးတဲ့ မြန္ျမတ္တဲ့ အလုပ္တစ္ခုတည္းအေနနဲ႔မဟုတ္ပါဘူး။ ဒါက စီးပြါးေရးတစ္ခုပါ။ ဒါေပမယ့္လည္း က်ြန္ေတာ္တို႔အေနနဲ႕ စီးပြါးေရး ကြင္းဆက္မွာပါ၀င္တဲ့သူေတြအတြက္ အရည္အေသြးျမွင့္ေပးတဲ့ အျခားေသာ စီးပြါးေရး လုပ္ငန္းတစ္ခုကိုလည္း လုပ္ေဆာင္လိုပါတယ္။ ထုတ္လုပ္သူေတြက သူတို႔ရဲ႕အလုပ္မွာ ဂုဏ္သိကၡာရွိရွိ ေနနိုင္တဲ့စီးပြါးေရးမ်ိဳး၊ ၀ယ္ယူသံုးစြဲသူမ်ားမွ ယံုၾကည္စိတ္ခ်ရျပီး အရည္အေသြးနွင့္ ပတ္သက္ျပီးလည္း ေက်နပ္မႈ ရွိေစတဲ့ စီးပြားေရးမ်ိဳး လုပ္ေဆာင္လိုပါတယ္။” ဟု Malongo ေကာ္ဖီကုမၸဏီမွ အေထြအေထြ ညႊန္ၾကားေရးမွဴး Jean-Pierre Blanc မွ ေျပာၾကားခဲ့ပါသည္။

Green Gold သမ၀ါယမအသင္းသည္ အစားထိုးဖြံ႕ျဖိဳးေရးထုတ္ကုန္ ေကာ္ဖီအျဖစ္ ေစ်းကြက္တြင္း ေရာက္ရွိရန္အတြက္ Malongo ျပင္သစ္ေကာ္ဖီကုမၸဏီနွင့္ ၂၀၁၇ ခုနွစ္တြင္ စတင္ျပီး အက်ိဳးတူ ပူးေပါင္းလုပ္ေဆာင္ခဲ့ပါသည္။  ၅ နွစ္တာ အက်ိဳးတူပူးေပါင္းလုပ္ေဆာင္ျခင္း သေဘာတူညီမႈအရ Malongo သည္ ေကာ္ဖီစိုက္ေတာင္သူတစ္ေထာင္ေက်ာ္ထံမွ တစ္နွစ္လွ်င္ ေကာ္ဖီတန္ေပါင္း ၆၀၀ ထိ၀ယ္ယူသြားမည္ျဖစ္သည္။

တရားမ၀င္သီးနွံမ်ားစိုက္ပ်ိဳးေသာ ေတာင္သူမ်ားမွာ အမ်ားအားျဖင့္ တရား၀င္ လုပ္ငန္းမ်ားမွ ေငြေၾကးလံုလံုေလာက္ေလာက္ရရွိေအာင္ မစြမ္းေဆာင္နိုင္ၾကပါ။ထို႔အျပင္ လူမႈပတ္၀န္းက်င္တြင္လည္း အေရးထားခံရမႈ အနည္းဆံုး ျဖစ္ျပီး ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံ အစြန္အဖ်ားေနရာေဒသမ်ားတြင္ လက္နွက္ကိုင္ပဋိပကၡမ်ားကို ကာလရွည္ၾကာေစရန္ အားေပးသကဲ့သို႔ သက္ေရာက္ေနပါသည္။ အစားထိုး ဖြံ႔ျဖိဳးေရး သည္  ထိုေတာင္သူမ်ားကို ပိုမို တည္တံ့ခိုင္ျမဲေသာ၊ ေရရွည္အသံုးျပဳနိုင္ေသာ အသက္ေမြး၀မ္းေက်ာင္းလုပ္ငန္းမ်ား ေထာက္ပံ့ေပးအပ္ရန္အတြက္ အေအာင္ျမင္ဆံုးေသာ ခ်ဥ္းကပ္မႈတစ္ခု ျဖစ္သည္။

နန္းဆိုင္လွ်န္းသည္ ရွမ္းျပည္နယ္ေတာင္ပိုင္းရွိ ေတာင္ေနာက္ရြာမွ စီမံကိန္း တြင္ပါ၀င္သည့္ ေတာင္သူတစ္ဦးျဖစ္ပါသည္။  သူမ၏ေဒသတြင္ ပဋိပကၡမွ ျငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရးသို႔ ကူးေျပာင္းျခင္း ျဖစ္စဥ္တြင္  ျငိမ္းခ်မ္းေသာ ပတ္၀န္းက်င္ ဖန္တီးရာ၌ အစားထိုး ဖြံ႔ျဖိဳးေရး၏အက်ိဳးသက္ေရာက္မႈကို သူမက –

“က်ြန္မတို႔ ၂၀၁၅ မွစျပီး UNODC ေကာ္ဖီစိုက္ပ်ိဳးေရး စီမံကိန္းမွာ ၀င္ေရာက္လုပ္ကိုင္ခဲ့တဲ့ေနာက္ တပ္မေတာ္္သားေတြေရာ လူမ်ိဳးစုလက္နွက္ကိုင္အဖြဲ႔ေတြေရာ က်ြန္မတို႔ရြာကို လာတာ နည္းသြားပါတယ္။ အခု က်ြန္မတို႔ဘ၀မွာ ျငိမ္းခ်မ္းမႈကို ပျိုပီး ခံစားေနရပါျပီ။ ဒါေၾကာင့္ က်ြန္မတို႔ရြာမွာ စီမံကိန္းလာေရာက္လုပ္ကိုင္ေပးတဲ့ အတြက္နဲ႕ ဆင္းရဲတဲ့ေတာင္သူေတြကို ေရရွည္ခိုင္မာတဲ့ ၀င္ေငြရတဲ့ ေကာ္ဖီစိုက္ပ်ိဳးရာမွာ ကူညီေပးတဲ့အတြက္ က်ြန္မတို႔အေနနဲ႕ UNODC ကို ေက်းဇူးတင္ေၾကာင္း ေျပာလိုပါတယ္” ဟု ေဖာ္ျပခဲ့ပါသည္။

ဤစီမံကိန္းတြင္ အမ်ိဳးသမီးမ်ားသည္  ေတာင္သူမ်ားအေနျဖင့္လည္းေကာင္း၊ ေက်းရြာအဆင့္ ေကာ္မတီ၀င္မ်ားအေနျဖင့္လည္းေကာင္း၊ Green Gold သမ၀ါယမ အသင္း၏ စီမံအုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရးအဖြဲ႔တြင္ ကိုယ္စားလွယ္မ်ားအျဖစ္လည္းေကာင္း အေရးပါသည့္ အခန္းက႑တြင္ ပါ၀င္လ်ွက္ ရွိပါသည္။ အေရးၾကီးေသာ တိုးတက္မႈမ်ား ရွိေနျပီးျဖစ္ေသာ္လည္း အမ်ိဳးသမီးမ်ားအေနျဖင့္ (ေတာင္သူမ်ား၊ ေက်းရြာျပည္သူလူထုေခါင္းေဆာင္မ်ား၊ စံျပအမ်ိဳးသမီးမ်ား၊ မိခင္မ်ား ) အျဖစ္ ေဆာင္ရြက္ရာတြင္ စိန္ေခၚမႈမ်ားစြာကို ရင္ဆိုင္ေနရဆဲျဖစ္ပါသည္။  လြိဳင္လင္ျမိဳ႔နယ္ ေတာက္လန္းေက်းရြာမွ ရွမ္းအမ်ိဳးသမီးတစ္ဦးျဖစ္သူ နန္းလံုက စီမံကိန္းတြင္ ပါ၀င္ေဆာင္ရြက္ျခင္းနွင့္ပတ္သက္ျပီး သူမ၏ ခံစားခ်က္မ်ားကို –

“ လူေတြအေနနဲ႕ က်ြန္မရဲ႕မိသားစုမွာ က်ြန္မရဲ႕ အခန္းက႑နဲ႔ပတ္သက္ျပီး အမ်ိဳးမ်ိဳး ေတြးထင္ေကာင္း ထင္နိုင္ပါတယ္။ သို႔ေသာ္လည္း က်ြန္မကေတာ့ က်ြန္မကေလးေတြရဲ႕ အနာဂတ္အတြက္ ၊ ျပီးေတာ့ က်ြန္မတို႔ ေက်းရြာျပည္သူလူထုရဲ႕ အနာဂတ္အတြက္ ဒီအခြင့္အေရးကို အသံုးခ်ျပီး လုပ္ေဆာင္သြားရမွာပါပဲ ”  ဟု ထုတ္ေဖာ္ ေျပာျပခဲ့ပါသည္။

ထပ္မံလိုအပ္ေသာ သတင္းအခ်က္အလက္မ်ားအတြက္ ေက်းဇူးျပဳေအာက္ပါလိပ္စာကို ဆက္သြယ္နိုင္ပါသည္။

Troels Vester

Country Manager

UNODC Myanmar Office

troels.vester@unodc.org

Note to correspondents

The Acting Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Knut Ostby is deeply concerned about new reports of fighting between the Arakan Army and Myanmar security forces which continue to cause civilian casualties and displacement of communities in Rakhine State.

Mr. Ostby urges all sides of the conflict to ensure the protection of civilians, resolve differences through peaceful means, uphold their responsibilities under International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law, including the preservation of sites of cultural heritage.

Mr. Ostby calls for effective humanitarian access to populations in need of aid, particularly the children, women, elderly and other affected people. The United Nations is in contact with the Myanmar authorities and stands ready to continue with the humanitarian support to the affected civilian populations.

 

Yangon, 19 March 2019

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ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္အတြင္းတြင္ Arakan Army ႏွင့္ ျမန္မာ့လံုျခံဳေရးတပ္ဖြဲ႔မ်ားအၾကား ျဖစ္ပြားလ်က္ရွိေသာ
တိုက္ပြဲမ်ားေၾကာင့္ အရပ္သားမ်ား ေသေၾကထိခိုက္မႈမ်ားႏွင့္ ေဒသခ ံ လူမႈအသိုက္အ၀န္းမ်ား  ေနရပ္ စြန႔ခ္ ြာတိမ္းေရွာင္ေနရမႈမ်ား ဆက္လက္ျဖစ္ေပၚေနသည္ကို ၾကားသိရသည္႔အတြက္ ကုလသမဂၢ ဌာေနညွိႏိႈင္းေရးမွဴးႏွင့္လူသားခ်င္းစာနာမႈဆိုင္ရာညွိႏိႈ္င္းေရးမွဴး (ယာယီ) Mr. Knut Ostby မွ မ်ားစြာစိုးရိမ္မိပါသည္။

ဤပ႗ိပကၡတြင္ ပါ၀င္သူအားလံုးအေနျဖင့္ အရပ္သားမ်ားကို အကာအကြယ္ေပးရန္၊ မတူညီမႈမ်ားကို
ျငိမ္းခ်မ္းေသာနည္းလမ္းျဖင့္အေျဖရွာရန္ႏွင့္ ယဥ္ေက်းမႈအေမြအႏွစ္ဆိုင္ရာ အေဆာက္အဦမ်ားႏွင့္
၄င္းတ႔ရို ိွရာအရပ္မ်ားကို ေစာငေ့္ ရာွ က္ထိန္းသိမ္းျခင္းအပါအ၀င ္ ႏိုင္ငံတကာလူသားခ်င္းစာနာမႈဆိုင္ရာဥပေဒႏွင့္လူ႔အခြင့္အေရးဆိုင္ရာဥပေဒပါ မိမိတ႔၏ို တာ၀န၀္ တၲရားမ်ားကို လိုက္နာထိန္းသိမ္းပါရန ္  မစၥတာေအာ႔စ္ဘီမ ွတိုက္တြန္းပါသည္။

အေထာက္အပံ႔လိုအပ္ေနသူအားလံုး အထူးသျဖင့္ ကေလးသူငယ္မ်ား၊ အမ်ိဳးသမီးမ်ား၊ သက္ၾကီးရြယ္အိုမ်ားႏွင့္ အျခားေသာ သက္ေရာက္မႈဒဏ္ခံစားေနရသူမ်ားအားလံုးအေနျဖင့္ ထိေရာက္သည္႔ လူသားခ်င္းစာနာမႈဆိုင္ရာ အကူအညီမ်ား လက္လွမ္းမီရယူႏိုင္ရန္လိုအပ္ပါသည္။ ကုလသမဂၢသည္ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံမွ တာ၀န္ရွိအာဏာပိုင္မ်ား ႏွင့္ ခ်ိတ္ဆက္ကာ ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္တြင္ ျဖစ္ေပၚလ်က္ရွိေသာ ပ႗ိပကၡအတြက္ လူသားခ်င္းစာနာမႈဆိုင္ရာ ပံ႔ပိုးမႈမ်ား ဆက္လက္ေဆာင္ရြက္ႏိုင္ရန္ အျမဲ အဆင္သင့္ရွိပါသည္။

Press Statement on the release of the Report of the Rakhine State Conflict Investigation Commission

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.

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Statement on behalf of the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General of the UN on Myanmar

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.

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Religious violence in Myanmar, the consequences of Government inaction in tackling prejudice and discrimination – UN expert

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 on Myanmar by Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Prevention of Genocide

UNITED NATIONS
PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release
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.

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Press Release at the conclusion of the visit to Myanmar of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for Myanmar, Mr. Vijay Nambiar, from 21 to 25 March 2013

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.

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Statement by Vijay Nambiar, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Myanmar

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.

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Statement on unrest in Meiktila by Ashok Nigam, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Myanmar

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