Probe Demanded into Human Rights Violations in Myanmar

Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar Yanghee Lee. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré
Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar Yanghee Lee. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

A fresh call for “prompt, thorough, independent and impartial investigations” into the killings and other serious human rights violations in Myanmar is being made by the UN Special Rapporteur, Yanghee Lee.

“No stones must be left unturned. The alleged victims, as well as all the people of Myanmar deserve to know the truth,” Ms. Lee said during the presentation of her third report to the UN Human Rights Council.

Of particular concern are multiple cases of killings of civil society actors for their involvement in human rights work and activism, including several in recent months.

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According to a UN statement released Monday, there are also unresolved cases of relatives of victims demanding justice. Many of these cases relate to vested commercial interests or the military.

Ms. Lee was particularly disturbed by the brutal killing of one of Myanmar’s best known Constitutional lawyers, U Ko Ni, as he was holding his grandchild.

The expert called for a Commission of Inquiry into events in Rakhine State, where allegations of serious human rights violations allegedly committed by the armed forces have been surfacing “increasingly and persistently”.

Ms. Lee also called for investigations and a “dedicated and urgent discussion” at the Human Rights Council into human rights violations occurring in other parts of the country.

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