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UN special envoy on Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, to visit Bangladesh February 20 to 23

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, will visit various locations in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district where people fleeing Myanmar are residing temporarily in makeshift shelters. She will visit Bangladesh from February 20 to 23.

“The announcement that the military security operations in the north of Arakan has ceased is welcomed. However, we cannot forget the numerous allegations of grave human rights violations recorded by the team deployed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to Cox’s Bazar last month,” Lee said recalling the February 3 OHCHR’s flash report based on the testimonies of over 200 individuals.

The human rights expert, who plans to visit Cox’s Bazar and related areas, will focus on the situation of the specific population from Myanmar who had crossed into Bangladesh since October 9 last year and the events which have led to their crossing over into the country, according to a UN press release issued on Feb. 18 in Geneva.

“Having access to these affected communities would help give me a better understanding of their human rights situation in Myanmar,” she said.

Following her three-day visit to Bangladesh, the human rights expert will issue an end of mission statement and share her findings when she presents a new report to the UN Human Rights Council on 13 March 2017. The report will be posted online.

Source: The Daily Star

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