UN rapporteur Quintana to visit this week

Volume 32, No. 637
July 30 - August 05, 2012

GENEVA – The UN expert on human rights in Myanmar is to visit at the invitation of the government, it was announced on July 25.

Special rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana will tour the country from July 30 to August 4, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said.

In a statement released by OHCHR, Mr Quintana spoke of Myanmar’s “ongoing human rights challenges, including ... recent violence in Rakhine State, as well as continuing armed conflict, particularly in Kachin State”.

Mr Quintana is to meet government officials, politicians, the National Human Rights Commission and civil society in Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon, according to the Geneva-based agency.

He also requested visits to Rakhine State and Kachin State and will report his findings to the UN’s Human Rights Council, OHCHR said.

Mr Quintana said that there had been “significant progress on reforms [in Myanmar], which I hope will culminate in the creation of a peaceful and vibrant democracy that respects human rights and upholds the rule of law”.

A press conference is planned at Yangon International Airport at the end of his six-day mission on August 4. – AFP