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.