UN human rights expert to visit Rohigya camps

FE Online Report | Published: January 11, 2019 17:46:49 | Updated: January 15, 2019 17:14:54

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, will arrive in Bangladesh on January 19 on a six-day visit to meet the Rohingya refuges in Cox’s Bazar.

The Special Rapporteur will also visit Thailand, a neighbouring country of Burma, officially known as Myanmar, according to a press statement issued by the UN Human Rights on Friday.

The Burmese government has maintained its decision to cease cooperation with the Special Rapporteur, and refused her entry to Myanmar.

Ms Lee envoy will visit Thailand from January 14 and then travel to Bangladesh on 19 January where she will visit Dhaka and the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, the statement added.

She also plans to visit the island of Bhashan Char.

 “I still seek to engage with the Myanmar Government and I remain committed to my mandate to monitor the situation of human rights in Myanmar. I will continue to meet with people from Myanmar and speak out about human rights issues that occur around the country,” Ms Lee said in the statement.

She will hold a news conference on 24 January at 5:00pm at the Ascott Residence Hotel in Dhaka.

The Special Rapporteur will present her findings and recommendations to the 40th session of the Human Rights Council in March 2019.


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