Seventy-first session United Nations General Assembly
13 September 2016
The General Assembly of the United Nations opens its seventy-first session on Tuesday, 13 September, at 3:00 p.m. at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The opening of the session will be followed, in the second week, by a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants, taking place on Monday, 19 September, when world leaders are expected to consider the causes and consequences of large movements of people. The Assembly’s annual general debate, when Heads of State and Government and other senior national representatives gather to present their views about pressing world issues, will open on Tuesday, 20 September, and run through Monday, 26 September. For updates and further information, please visit the General Assembly website.
Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar – Report of the Secretary-General
5 August 2016
The present report, submitted pursuant to paragraph 20 of General Assembly resolution 70/233 and covering the period from 8 August 2015 to 1 August 2016, examines the human rights situation in Myanmar in the context of the ongoing democratization process in the country and highlights the efforts of the United Nations in supporting the Government and people of Myanmar on their path towards reform, political inclusivity and development. The conduct of a nationwide election on 8 November 2015, with the peaceful, dignified and enthusiastic participation of the people, was a significant turning point in the history of Myanmar. The overwhelming victory by the longstanding opposition party, the National League for Democracy, and its accession to power, replacing a leadership composed mostly of former military officials, is an indication that the reform process is moving in the right direction. On 15 March 2016, the new Parliament elected Htin Kyaw as President, the first Head of State in Myanmar in more than 50 years with a non-military background. The leader of the ruling party, Aung San Suu Kyi, was appointed State Counsellor and Minister for Foreign Affairs. Notwithstanding the overall credibility of the election process, there was widespread concern, nationally and internationally, over the disenfranchisement of more than 1 million people comprising mainly the Muslim population in Rakhine and other minority ethnic groups.
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar
18 March 2016
Four years of wide-ranging reforms have brought fundamental changes to Myanmar. In November 2015, historic general elections were held, and a new Government will shortly be formed. Nonetheless, formidable human rights challenges remain. In the present report, the Special Rapporteur builds on previous reports to identify key priority areas that should be tackled by the new administration.
Preventing Conflict, Transforming Justice, Securing the Peace
A Global Study on the Implementation of United Nations Security Council resolution 1325