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Myanmar Rights Violations Threaten Region: UN Envoy


Kuala Lumpur: Gross human rights violations in Myanmar continue to jeopardize lives and “relentlessly impact” its neighbours, threatening regional peace and security, a UN special rapporteur said on Thursday.

The human rights situation in Myanmar has created “serious… issues for South and Southeast Asia”, including 1.5 million refugees who have fled and are now residing in countries around the region.

UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee gave the findings in her end-of-mission press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Efe news reported.

“The continuing gross violations of human rights in Myanmar jeopardize the lives of people around that country and relentlessly impact Myanmar’s neighbours in such a way that could threaten South and Southeast Asian pe ace and security,” she said.

Lee highlighted worsening human rights violations and abuses against the civilian population amid conflict between the Tatmadaw (armed forces) and Rakhine insurgent group the Arakan Army, adding that an ongoing government Internet shutdown in northern Rakhine and southern Chin states also impeded residents’ access to humanitarian aid amid flooding and displacement. (IANS)

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