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45 NGOs Warn UN on Lack of Human Right Progress in Burma

11 March 2014

Forty five Burmese civil society organizations have written an open letter to the UN Human Rights Council ahead of its session in Geneva on March 17. The groups caution the council on the lack of progress in respecting human rights in Burma, particularly where it concerns the Rohingya minority, and warn of backsliding on reforms. They urge the council to maintain the comprehensive mandate of Special Rapporteur on human rights in Burma after the current rapporteur, Tomás Ojea Quintana, leaves this month. The groups also advocate establishing a permanent UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights presence in the country.