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UN expert on Myanmar on her final mission to Bangladesh

  • Published at 09:45 pm January 14th, 2020
File photo: An exhausted Rohingya refugee woman touches the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, September 11, 2017 Reuters

Myanmar continues denying Yanghee Lee access to that country

Special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee will carry out her final mission to Bangladesh next week.

Lee will visit Thailand and Bangladesh from January 15 to 23 on her final leg as the rapporteur. She will come to Bangladesh from Thailand.

Despite her last request to visit Myanmar being denied by the government, Lee will visit Thailand and Bangladesh to speak to interlocutors and receive information about the situation in Myanmar from both sides of the border, said a news release forwarded by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva on Tuesday.

Myanmar has been constantly denying her office access to the country since 2017.

File photo: The Police Bureau of Investigation says they are investigating 35 cases of trafficking involving the Rohingyas | Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

“Myanmar’s denial of access has not dissuaded me from doing everything I can to impartially report to the international community accurate first-hand information that has been provided to me during my visits to the region,” Lee said.

“My mission and the end of my tenure come at a critical time for human rights in Myanmar and I will continue to strive to do my utmost to improve the situation,” she said.

Lee has held the mandate of special rapporteur since 2014 and enjoyed biannual visits to the country until she was denied entry from December 2017. She will report to the Human Rights Council session in March, 2020.

She will hold a press conference at 3 pm on Thursday at a local hotel in Dhaka.