Reply of Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary General to a question on reported sentencing of UN Staff in Myanmar

27 August 2012

The United Nations Country Team in Yangon has received information that a court in Maungdaw has sentenced three persons- one employee of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR), one of the World Food Programme and an employee of UNHCR’s national partner organization- in connection with the violent incidents in Rakhine state during June 2012.

However, no formal information has so far been given to UN Yangon office to this effect. Meanwhile, the UN has consistently held that formal and precise charges would need to be provided to us before action is taken by the Myanmar authorities. We continue the stress this point. We would like to indicate that the detained staff should be treated in accordance with all the applicable international conventions and immunities they may be entitled to.

Secretary-General Welcomes New Commission

17 August 2012

The Secretary-General welcomes today’s establishment, by the President of Myanmar, of a 27-member Commission to investigate the recent violent incidents in Rakhine state.

This Commission is comprised of a representative cross-section of national figures in the country. It could make important contributions to restoring peace and harmony in the state and in creating a conducive environment for a more inclusive way forward to tackle the underlying causes of the violence, including the condition of the Muslim communities in Rakhine. This will be integral to any reconciliation process.

The United Nations stand ready to provide assistance in a constructive spirit to Myanmar’s reform and reconciliation efforts, and to help that country overcome its imminent challenges.

UN envoy reaffirms commitment to assist Myanmar in reconciliation efforts

26 July 2012
The United Nations top envoy for Myanmar today reiterated his commitment to assist the country in its national reconciliation and reform efforts, in the wake of the deadly violence which took place in the state of Rakhine last month.“The United Nations is committed to assisting Myanmar and its people in their reform and national reconciliation efforts, including overcoming imminent challenges,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Myanmar, Vijay Nambiar, in a statement. Continue reading