Myanmar prepares own human rights report for UN

Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Ko Ko speaks at the Central Committee for Prevention of Trafficking in Persons meeting at the ministry in Nay Pyi Taw on December 29, 2014. Photo: MNA

The leading committee for compiling the human rights report on Myanmar held their second meeting at the Ministry of Home Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw on March 9, reports Myawady on March 10.

The meeting began with an address by the chairman of the leading committee Union Minister for Home Affairs Lieutenant-General Ko Ko.

Attendees discussed frameworks for compilation of the report that will be submitted to the UN Human Rights Council on July 20.

In the report, the Myanmar government will have the opportunity to explain how they are handling several human rights challenges in the country, including communal problems in Rakhine State, conflicts in the Kachin, Kayin and Shan states, religious discrimination, and protest control.

UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Ms Yanghee Lee, said in a report released on March 9 that Myanmar is sliding towards conflict as the government backtracks on pledges to protect human rights.

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