Item 72: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar

1. The present report, submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 34/22, covers developments in Myanmar since the previous reports of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, to the General Assembly in October 2016 (A/71/361) and to the Human Rights Council in March 2017 (A/HRC/34/67) and in an oral progress report in June 2017.

2. The Special Rapporteur conducted her sixth official visit to Myanmar from 10 to 21 July 2017. During the 12-day visit, the Special Rapporteur travelled to Rakhine, Shan and Kayin 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.

3. She thanks the Government of Myanmar for its continued cooperation with her mandate, although she expressed some reservations regarding the nature of this cooperation at the end of her visit.1 In particular, she found the Government’s request for an undertaking for her visit to have “nothing to do with the fact-finding mission to Myanmar” to be highly irregular in the light of her independent mandate. She hopes for better access to the places that she requests on future visits and for a more conducive environment in which to meet with non-Governmental interlocutors.

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