August 19, 2016

UN Special Rapporteur holds separate meetings with union-level officials

UN Special Rapporteur holds talks with Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Aung Soe.
UN Special Rapporteur holds talks with Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Aung Soe.

UNITED Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Ms Yanghee Lee separately met officials of union-level organisations yesterday.
Ms Yanghee Lee met Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice Senior General Soe Win in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
At the meeting the two representatives discussed cooperation by the army in the process of organising the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference, the fight against the violation of human rights, humanitarian activities and measures being taken for the prevention of the recruitment and use of children for the armed forces together with the Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting, a UN agency.
In her meeting with Union Attorney General U Tun Tun Oo, the UN special rapporteur discussed measures for law enforcement, legislation, the emergence of an independent judicial system and justice for the people.
Ms Yanghee Lee also had separate meetings with Ethnic Affairs Union Minister Naing Thet Lwin, Religion and Culture Union Minister Thura U Aung Ko and Union Education Minister Dr Myo Thein Gyi.
She met Information Union Minister Dr Pe Myint in the afternoon. The two discussed challenges to the ministry’s reform process, measures for the shift from the state to public media, reviews for the media law, the training programmes for spokespersons, the development of ethnic media, the involvement of women in media. They also exchanged views on how to counter hate speech on social media in the fashion of other countries.
Ms Yanghee Lee also met Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Union Minister U Ohn Win. In the meeting, they talked about the discontinuation of timber extraction, reforestation, and supervision of extractive companies. She also had a discussion with Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Aung Soe, also Secretary of the Central Investigation Committee for Farmland and Other Land Confiscations. Their discussion focused on the handover of seized land plots, compensations and existing land management policies.


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