14 May: UN Assistant Secretary-General Ursula Mueller of OCHA issued a statement at the end of her mission to Myanmar in which she states that 700,000 people in Rakhine need humanitarian assistance, including 128,000 Rohingya and Kaman IDPs who remain confined in camps. “After seven years of displacement, the conditions in camps have deteriorated and are simply unacceptable.”
14 May: UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar issued a statement urging financial isolation of Myanmar military. “There has been no movement toward a resolution of the crisis. The situation is at a total standstill.”
10 May: OHCHR spokesperson briefed the press in Geneva about concerns over “possibly 40 to 50 ethnic Rakhine boys and men who reportedly remain detained since 30 April in a school in Kyauk Tan village, Rathedaung township in northern Rakhine State, where six detainees were killed on 2 May by the Myanmar Army.”
8 May: Spokesperson of the Secretary-General briefed the press on “a complex system of restrictions and requirements for travel authorization make aid workers’ access to many parts of Rakhine state, especially the north, very difficult and unpredictable. While the UN recognizes that there are security concerns due to violence, ways can and must be found to ensure that life-saving assistance reaches those who need it.”
The United Nations in Myanmar is proud to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia by flying the rainbow flag in support of diversity and inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons (LGBTI).
This day marks the decision of the World Health Organization to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder on 17 May 1990.
We have seen encouraging progress worldwide, but LGBTI people still experience discrimination and stigma in many countries, including in Myanmar.
The UN in Myanmar welcomes the release of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo from prison.
The UN in Myanmar considers the release of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo a step toward improving the freedom of the press and a sign of Government’s commitment to Myanmar’s transition to democracy.
The UN stands ready to continue to support Myanmar in its complex transition process.
Yangon, 7 May 2019
Media contact: Stanislav Saling, Spokesperson, Office of the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, email@example.com or +95-942 651 9871.
Acting UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar Knut Ostby is following with concern recent reports of escalation of violence and civilian casualties in Rakhine State. Mr. Ostby calls for calm and utmost restraint by all, protection of civilians in all circumstances, and respect for international humanitarian and human rights law. The UN stands ready to support authorities in strengthening their prevention and conflict resolution capacities, and to continue with provision of humanitarian aid.
Acting UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Knut Ostby welcomes the announcement by the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Services of a ceasefire extension from 1 May to 30 June 2019.
Mr. Ostby expresses hope that the ceasefire extension will further strengthen the prospects for Myanmar’s peace process.
The UN in Myanmar is prepared to work with the relevant parties on providing urgent humanitarian assistance to all people in need in the affected areas.
Mr. Ostby also calls on all parties to protect civilians and uphold their responsibilities under International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law.
The UN reaffirms its deep commitment to continue supporting the Myanmar peace process and humanitarian operations.
Yangon, 1 May 2019
Acting UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Knut Ostby is deeply saddened by the terrible loss of life at a mining site in Hpakant Township in Kachin State. Mr. Ostby extends his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wishes the injured speedy recovery. Mr. Ostby calls for urgent action towards implementation of the new Occupational Safety and Health law, particularly in high risk sectors such as mining. The UN in Myanmar through the International Labour Organization is committed to continue to support the country in putting in place measures aiming to improve occupational safety and health for all.
Dear friends and colleagues,
I’m writing to wish you Happy Thingyan and auspicious entrance to Myanmar Era 1381.
We have had a challenging year, but we managed to keep the focus on our objectives:
• Maintain the momentum for the country’s peace, economic and democratic transitions for the benefit of all people;
• Save lives by gaining greater humanitarian access;
• Support sustainable solutions for Kachin, Rakhine and Shan States; and,
• Engage in human rights advocacy.
Your Excellency Union Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement,
Professor Walter Kälin,
Thank you for holding the important Third Workshop on durable solutions for IDPs and the National Strategy on Closure of IDP camps.
Allow me please to open with commending you for the draft National Strategy which is taking a shape of a guiding document for actions that will help design and implement durable solutions for the IDPs in Myanmar.
I would especially like to recognize the contribution of His Excellency Union Minister Win Myat Aye for his leadership in drafting the Strategy.
We welcome the engagement of various stakeholders, including the United Nations, international NGOs, Embassies, as well as national civil society.
Each of us can support the Government in developing and realizing durable solutions for the IDPs in our respective mandates and areas of expertise.
Turning now to the draft National Strategy:
We welcome the strategy’s objectives to restore normal lives for the IDPs, in safety, dignity, with rights and access to services, such as education, health, and livelihood.