The present report, submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 31/24 and General Assembly resolution 70/233, covers developments in Myanmar since the previous report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, to the Council in March 2016 (A/HRC/31/71). The report reviews progress in implementation of the Special Rapporteur’s previous recommendations, including the priority areas identified for the Government’s first 100 days in office and the year ahead.
The Special Rapporteur conducted her fourth official visit to Myanmar from 20 June to 1 July 2016. Her aim was to make a comprehensive, objective and balanced assessment of the human rights situation since the formation of a new Government in March 2016. The Special Rapporteur expresses her thanks to the Government for its continued cooperation with her mandate. During the 12-day visit, the Special Rapporteur travelled to Kachin, Rakhine and Shan States, as well as Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw. She addressed a range of human rights issues with Union Parliament and State ministers and other stakeholders, including parliamentarians, political, religious and community leaders, civil society representatives, victims of human rights violations and members of the international community, during which she appreciated the candid exchange of views and the frank assessment of remaining human rights challenges.
Progressive Voice is a participatory rights-based policy research and advocacy organization rooted in civil society, that maintains strong networks and relationships with grassroots organizations and community-based organizations throughout Myanmar. It acts as a bridge to the international community and international policymakers by amplifying voices from the ground, and advocating for a rights-based policy narrative.