UN representative calls off Arakan visit

Narinjara News

6 August 2015

The proposed visit of United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on Myanmar (Burma), Yanghee Lee to Arakan  on Wednesday was called off due to bad weather, said U Hla Thein, a spokesperson of Arakan (Rakhine) State government.

“She had planned to visit Arakan State during her visit to Burma but it was called off due to the condition of bad weather,” added the government spokesperson.

Of course,  Arakan State Prime Minster U Maung Muang Oo with some high ranking officials had already left for Yangon to meet her there.

“The present situation of Rakhine is very bad and the  PM U Maung Muang Oo is supposed not to leave the State, but even though he went to Yangon to meet Yanghee Lee as it is understood to be very important for the country,” he asserted.

Few more Rakhine community leaders including U Tha Point and U Than Tun also accompanied the PM for the Yangon visit to discuss various issues with Yanghee Lee.

Arrived in Myanmar on August 3 for her third official visit to the country, Yanghee Lee is supposed to leave the Southeast Asian country by August 7 next. Yanghee Lee is scheduled to meet a number of representatives from various authorities, national institutions, civil society groups and other stakeholders in Myanmar.

Need not to mention that the UN’s Special Rapporteur is mandated by the Human Rights Council to assess the human rights situation in the country as well as the progress of electoral process in the run-up to the next general election scheduled for November this year.

“Myanmar is at an important juncture. I will continue to carry out the functions under my mandate in a balanced, impartial and transparent manner,” said Yanghee Lee. She is understood to submit a report on her visit to Myanmar in the UN General Assembly which will be held in October 2015.

A press conference will be organized at the end of her Burma visit on August 7, though the venue and time are yet to be disclosed.