December 15, 2016

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UN special rapporteur holds talks with Union Ministers

Ms Yanghee Lee holds talks with  Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye in Nay Pyi Taw.
Ms Yanghee Lee holds talks with Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye in Nay Pyi Taw.

Ms. Yanghee Lee, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, held talks with Union Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor yesterday in Nay Pyi Taw. During the meeting, they discussed matters related to duties of the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights, segregated communities in Rakhine State and the peace process in Myanmar.
Ms Yanghee Lee met with Union Minister for Defence Lt-Gen Sein Win at the Ministry of Defence. During the meeting, they discussed issues related to national reconciliation, human rights, ending recruitment of child soldier, relations between the military and civilians, and internally displaced persons (IDPs).
In the afternoon, the UN human rights expert held talks separately with Union Minister for Border Affairs Lt-Gen Ye Aung, Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe and Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye at their respective offices.
During the meeting with the Union Minister for Border Affairs, Yanghee Lee discussed matters related to the development of Myanmar’s border areas, human resource development of ethnic groups and creating job opportunities, improving livelihoods and resettling of IDPs, the implementation of short-term and long-term projects of the ministry, efforts for stability and development of Rakhine State, the government’s peace making efforts and human rights issues.
Ms Yanghee Lee and Union Minister U Thein Swe discussed measures taken by the ministry to bring labour rights to workers in accordance with the law and putting an end to labour disputes between employers and employees, establishing a better social security scheme for workers, and working towards assisting Myanmar migrant workers abroad providing them with rights and access to health and security in accordance with the law and cooperation with foreign organizations to eradicate child labour in the country.
The UN human rights expert held talks with Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye over the ministry’s short and long term plans, efforts for protecting elderly citizens and most importantly finally implementing laws to give rights to women in Myanmar, rehabilitation and resettlement of homeless children, disaster preparedness and rights for children.

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