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20 Sep 2017 description

As ethnic conflict and refugee displacement continue in Myanmar’s borderlands, the country now stands at a crossroads. After decades under military rule, the 21st Century Panglong Conference has been welcomed as the most important initiative to achieve countrywide peace and political reform since the Panglong Conference of February 1947. Worrying failings, however, are starting to appear, raising many warnings from the country’s troubled history.

20 Sep 2017 description
report European Union

Germany’s much-anticipated national elections will be held on September 25. Yesterday,
Myanmar’s Union Election Commission (UEC) began a visit to Germany to learn first-hand how this election of 60 million voters is organized, to observe the campaign, as well as the voting and counting on Election Day. The trip is supported by the European Union through the STEP Democracy programme in Myanmar (www.stepdemocracy.eu), implemented by International IDEA and partners.

20 Sep 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, under mounting criticism over her government's military offensive against minority Muslim Rohingyas, on Tuesday rejected claims that she had softened her stand towards the military after her party took power last year.

In an interview with Radio Free Asia, she said she has remained firm with the generals since her days under house arrest during military junta rule. 

20 Sep 2017 description
report East-West Center

by Ruji Auethavornpipat

Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 396

Publisher: Washington, DC: East-West Center

Publication Date: September 12, 2017

Ruji Auethavornpipat, Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that “The trafficking of the Rohingya is clearly driven by violent conflicts in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Without tackling this root cause, human trafficking networks may continue to operate in the shadows.”

20 Sep 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

Les États Membres entre la nécessité de « réapprendre la complexité du dialogue » ou « agir par soi-même sans attendre l’appui de bureaucraties »

19 Sep 2017 description
report UN News Service

19 September 2017 – Addressing the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations Headquarters, Secretary-General António Guterres today spotlighted several threats – including the nuclear peril, climate change, and ongoing conflicts – that must be overcome to create a better world for all.

19 Sep 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy

By SAN YAMIN AUNG 18 September 2017

YANGON —  Ten members of the government’s Rakhine State committee—including permanent secretaries from eight ministries—began a two-day visit to conflict-torn Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships of northern Rakhine on Monday.

“After their trip, we will set priorities for implementing recommendations and draw an action plan within two weeks,” chair of the government’s Implementation Committee for Recommendations on Rakhine State U Win Myat Aye, who is Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, told The Irrawaddy on Monday.

18 Sep 2017 description

Everybody will end up losing if hate speech is left unchecked.

By Alan Davis

While religious nationalists in Myanmar have proved highly adept at understanding and exploiting the power of social media, they seem oblivious to Newton’s Third Law of Motion. The principle that for every action there is a reaction may not be well known to a group that ranks astrology above science or logic.

15 Sep 2017 description

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is a global norm, unanimously adopted by heads of state and government at the 2005 UN World Summit, aimed at preventing and halting Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes Against Humanity. R2P stipulates that:

» Every State has the Responsibility to Protect its populations from the four mass atrocity crimes (Pillar I).

» The wider international community has the responsibility to encourage and assist individual States in meeting that responsibility (Pillar II).

15 Sep 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Nyein Nyein 14 September 2017

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), a bloc of five ethnic armed groups, has denounced the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA).

During a two-day meeting in northern Thailand’s Chiang Mai on Sept. 11-12, the alliance discussed the Rakhine conflict in addition to its current talks with the government on the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA).

14 Sep 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Punto 2: Debate general sobre datos actualizados aportados por el Alto Comisionado

La protección de los derechos humanos internacionales está atravesando un período de prueba en todo el mundo. Las próximas tres semanas revelarán si el Consejo de Derechos Humanos está a la altura de las circunstancias.

14 Sep 2017 description

Burma’s President Htin Kyaw has appointed a new committee to oversee implementation of the various solutions recommended by the Rakhine Advisory Commission, headed by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

12 Sep 2017 description

*HELD ON THE SIDELINES OF THEST OIC SUMMIT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 10 SEPTEMBER 2017 ASTANA, REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN *

1. The Heads of State and government of the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held a meeting to discuss the current developments of the situation of the Muslim Rohingya community in Myanmar, on the sidelines of the 1 st OIC Summit of Science and Technology in Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan, on 10th September 2017, on the initiative of H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey, current chair of the OIC Summit.

11 Sep 2017 description

Human Rights Council 36th session
Opening Statement by Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

11 September 2017

Distinguished President of the Council,
Excellencies,
Colleagues, Friends,

As I enter the final year of my current mandate – a year which I will discharge with vigour and determination – I wish to begin with a few short reflections drawn from the past three years.

08 Sep 2017 description

The violence since 25 August that has driven 270,000 Rohingya civilians over Myanmar’s border into Bangladesh is not just causing a humanitarian catastrophe. It is also driving up the risks that the country’s five-year-old transition from military rule will stumble, that Rohingya communities will be radicalised, and that regional stability will be weakened.

05 Sep 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

I. Introduction

1. Le présent rapport, qui couvre la période allant d’août 2015 à juillet 2017, est soumis en application de la résolution 70/80 de l’Assemblée générale, dans laquelle l’Assemblée a prié le Secrétaire général de lui présenter un rapport sur l’application de cette résolution, y compris sur les politiques adoptées et les activités menées par le système des Nations Unies dans ce domaine.

05 Sep 2017 description
report UN General Assembly
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I. Introduction

1. The present report, covering the period from August 2015 to July 2017, is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 70/80, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report on the implementation of that resolution, including on relevant United Nations policies and activities.

01 Sep 2017 description

The Security Council on 20 September would hold a high-level open debate on United Nations peacekeeping reform to consider recommendations contained in the report of the High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, Tekeda Alemu (Ethiopia), Council President for the month, said at a Headquarters press conference today.

01 Sep 2017 description

Ethiopia has the presidency in September. A visiting mission to Addis Ababa is planned in early September for the 11th annual consultative meeting between members of the UN Security Council and members of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC). Immediately after the visit there will be a briefing on the visiting mission. A briefing on the report of the Secretary-General on strengthening the partnership between the UN and the AU by UN Special Representative to the AU Haile Menkerios is also expected in September.

30 Aug 2017 description

Myanmar (Burma)

Stateless Rohingya in Myanmar (Burma) continue to face systematic persecution that poses an existential threat to their community. Recent counter-insurgency operations and ongoing human rights violations may amount to crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.

BACKGROUND: