December 13, 2017

Media cautioned against hate speech

UN Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar Ms Yanghee Lee speaks during a news conference in Yangon, on 1 July 2016.
UN Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar Ms Yanghee Lee speaks during a news conference in Yangon, on 1 July 2016.

The new government’s effort to effectuate sustainable development of Myanmar, which is marching towards a democratic society, has established a landmark in history but the challenges regarding human rights will test the new government, said United Nation Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Ms Yanghee Lee at the press conference held yesterday at Sedona Hotel in Yangon yesterday.
“I’ve made due effort in my trip to be able to submit a balanced, fair report, assessing the human rights situations prevailing in Myanmar. Prevention of conflicts is important to this society. Mediamen are required to cooperate by exercising restraints in reporting on racial and religious matters so that hate is not spawned between the sides.
The incumbent government is promoting democracy and human rights as well as exerting strenuous effort for national reconciliation and internal peace. In this function, human rights is an issue requiring them to take time to address.
In the areas of conflicts, there have been restored peace and stability, and thus the refugees are needed to be returned to their native places. And the children from the internally displaced persons-IDP camps are needed to have access to education. I know that there will still be difficulty to increasingly provide humanitarian assistance and to promote healthcare services but I believe we’ll see the progress if concerted effort is exerted, Ms Yanghee Lee said.

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