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South Korean Picked as Quintana Successor

5 March 2014

Yanghee Lee, a South Korean expert on children’s rights issues, has been nominated to replace Tomas Ojea Quintana as the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Burma, reports New York City-based Inner City Press. Lee, who has been a member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child since 2003 and served as its chair from 2007 to 2011, will officially receive the post if no objections are made by March 7, the report said. Quintana, who is completing a six-year term as the world body’s special envoy on Burma’s rights situation, concluded his last visit to the country on Feb. 19, and is expected to present his findings to the UN Human Rights Commission on March 17.