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GENF (June 15, 2017) - The government of Myanmar must do more to help save Myanmar's young people, says a United Nations experts on HR... Myanmar's Special Rapporteur on Human rights, Yanghee Lee, reported to the Geneva UNHRC and recalled to the government that this commitment has been broadened to all minors in their area of responsibility, as well as all Rohingya minorities who live in Rakhine State.
He also voiced his concerns about the plight of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. cThe Special Rapporteur briefed the Council on several other worrying topics, among them the 66 cases that have been put under a crude slander clause in the Telecommunications Act since the new administration took office and the ongoing reporting of serious breaches of the law by several conflicting factions in the Kachin and Shan states.
More positively, Ms Lee complimented Myanmar on becoming a middle-ranking index of man. In July, the Special Rapporteur will be visiting Myanmar and said she would pursue economic and humanitarian work. "I' m willing to help in every way possible to reach a Myanmar where the prerogatives and basic liberties of all are fully honoured," she said.
In 2014, Professor Yanghee Lee (Republic of Korea) was named Special Rapporteur on the state of the country's humanitarian law in Myanmar by the UNHRC. It shall be autonomous from any administration or organisation and shall serve in its function as an individuals. Ms Lee currently chairs the Special Procedures Coordination Committee of theHRC.
Ms Lee was a member and chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (2003-2011). Currently she is a lecturer at Sungkyunwan University, Seoul, and a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea. Ms. Lee is the founder president of the International Child Rights Center.
Special rapporteurs are part of the so-called Special Procedures of theHRC. The Special Procedures, the biggest panel of independents in the UN system of humanitarian law, is the general term for the Council's autonomous investigation and control mechanis. The mandates of Special Procedures are sovereign HR professionals nominated by the UNHRC to deal with either particular countries' particular situation or topical questions in all parts of the globe.
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