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What's the situation in Burma now? - The Burma Forum
what's the situation in manhattan now? i noted the poles are a little old. i want to know about the touristic situation now. is it still safe anymore to go? how do i get to manhattan from the milippines? Re: What is the situation in Burma now? The most important sights are secure.
Re: What is the situation in Burma now? Re: What is the situation in Burma now? You just go to Burma. I' m sure you will have a great trip in Burma. Re: What is the situation in Burma now? Hello, Yes, as noted above, all kinds of tourists are traveling safely in Burma.
Holidays are good here, even if there is a show. It' a completely secure place for a tourist. There is no such thing as a one-way from Manila, you should take a plane to Bangkok for one stage and then Bangkok to Yangon, the major route to the city. Re: How is the situation in Burma now? is something going on in Burma?
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The end of the Special Rapporteur's mission statement on the situation of people in Myanmar.
First of all, I would like to express my sympathy to Myanmar for the recent damages from Cyclone Mora, particularly in the states of Rakhine, Chin and Ayeyarwaddy. You know, I just finished my 12-day trip to Myanmar. Mr President, I would like to thank the government and the United Nations coordinator for their support.
I' ve been to Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw and parts of Rakhine, Shan and Kayin States. At Rakhine I went to Kyaukphyu, Sittwe, Buthidaung and Maungdaw. I could only see Lashio in Shan state and Hpa-an in Kayin state. At Nay Pyi Taw I had a meeting with the Council of State and other government minister and civil servants.
I have recognised the good co-operation with the Myanmar government during my previous trips to the area. I would like to say a little more this year on the question of accessibility, particularly in the context of the government's recent refusal to grant a visa to the UN operation and a new requirement that the government tried to force on me for this trip.
I would like to begin by recalling that two of my last reports for a special session of the Human Rights Council on the situation in the northern part of the countrys, in particular in the states of Kachin and Shan, and for a commission of inquiry into the situation in the state of Rakhine were suggestions. The Human Rights Council in its March resolutions renewed my term of office for another year, while at the same token defining the terms of reference of the fact-finding missions.
Mr President, I conclude my trip today under the terms of reference of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of fundamental freedoms in Myanmar, set up by the UN Commission on Hum... However, I was surprised when I was asked by the government to give an undertaking that I would not engage in any exploratory missions during my time there.
Government postponed the confirmation of the deadlines for my meeting and expected such an undertaking from me, which I felt was an insult to the autonomy of my term as Special Rapporteur. But the government's hesitation in validating the data of my trip also caused a hesitation in validating the places I was allowed to go.
Normally, and this was the case this year, in order to maximize the restricted amount of space I have in the land, I would suggest alternatives to the places I have been refused. However, as has often been the case here, the government has often used the pretext of the shortterm to avoid making any new suggestions other than for safety concerns.
It is my third time under the new government and I must say that I am frustrated that the tactic used by the former government is still being used. The new government, I see, wants to normalize its relationship with the United Nations, even though it has no specific mechanism.
Myanmar must first move to a land that merits less vigilance and control before these "special mechanisms" can be eliminated. As we are instructed that we should not anticipate Myanmar to become a democratic nation over night - that it takes neither much in the way of the need for there to be an elimination of specific machinery over night - until there is genuine and visible improvement in the situation of people.
At this stage I will not go into the content or topics I have examined during my stay and explain them in more detail in my Annual General Meeting statement. When I learnt that the situation in North Shan was getting worse, I was particularly upset. I was not permitted to go to any of the places I wanted to go outside Lashio during my stay.
I called for a trip to Hsipaw prison, where the three reporters were arrested and accused under the law on illegal associations. At Lashio I encountered Shan state government officials and civic leaders. It worries me that more conflicts, more cases of supposed violation of people' s freedoms by various conflicting sides and insufficient aid to the civilian population are being heard from groups working on the spot.
The Tatmadaw has received a great many accounts of murders, tortures and even the use of personnel shielding, supposedly in some cases with the threat of further force when events are called in. Although I have not been able to come this year, the situation in Kachin State is very serious, as the UN has not had official control over areas for over a year and the development of the Tanai Town.
Kyaukphyu, Rakhine State, was my first time there. That was part of my emphasis on economics and in particular on the three special economic zones - Kyaukphyu, Dawei and Thilawa. Meet members of civic organisations working in this field and members of the fellowship, among them fishermen and agriculturists affected by these special economic zones, as well as past and current mega-projects, for example on the island of Madei.
As for Rakhine, I have also tried to make headway in implementing the Rakhine Advisory Commission Government's temporary advice, in particular the advice to close three centres affecting three different societies. Meanwhile, I was able to see both the Kaman guides and the expelled parishioners who were being asked to move to Yangon instead of going back to their place of arias.
In Pyin Phyu Maw where the expelled members of the Rakhine fellowship were relocated from Ka Nyin Taw, I also saw some of them who also made their original wish to go back to their place of worship. However, I was not able to hit the Rohingya congregation, which is still being driven out of Kyein Ni Pyin's camps.
When registering births, I was notified of the Commission's attempts to correct them, in accordance with a Commission proposal, and I welcome the issue of over 20 000 delivery records in the State of Rakhine. Since my last trip in January, the general situation for the Rohingya has hardly changed and has become even more complex in the northern part of Rakhine.
It is my observation that state and Union civil servants have declared that their obligation to ensure safety and security applies not only to the Rakhine but also to Islamic societies. Simultaneously, immediate measures must be taken to end discrimination and restore the free flow of people.
Rakhine members told me of their grief at the present situation, their conviction that the problem was created by hard-liners in both societies or even the government, and called for the reminding the global fellowship that the Rakhine people as a whole should not be assessed by the acts of their most extremist members.
The Kaman Muslims I saw in the Kyauk Ta Lone refugee camps also said that they had no problem with the Rakhine congregation in Kyaukphyu, but they were kept separate. It is also important to have ready recourse to the surveillance and defence of people. I was not permitted to go to any other places in Kayin State except Hpa-.
When I first visited the state, I encountered civic groups working with municipalities throughout the state affected by the seizure of property without proper consultations and indemnities and evictions. As I have been told, there is an increase in child abuse and harassment both here and in other areas of the countryside where the competent government departments lack the necessary funding and personnel to carry out aid programmes throughout the state.
Much of the ten thousand internally displaced people in the Thai/Myanmar frontier area are still reported to be worried about returning due to land mines and militarization, but are facing an increasing emergency situation as aid is being cut back where it is now. Also I wanted to see the area of the Myaing Ka Lay plant, but was rejected due to the common safety problems.
But to my astonishment, the concrete plant on the way from Hpa-an to Yangon was very clearly discernible, so that I could already see from a distance the location, which produced 4,000 tons of concrete per diem. I' ve been told by witnesses that getting IDs in Kayin State is timeconsuming and often involves bribery to expedite the trial.
In Kyaukphyu, I have been told that the gradual nationality check of the Kaman Muslims in Kyauk imprisons Ta Lone while their Buddhist families can freely vote where they want to be. I' ve also been told that in the northern part of Rakhine the NVC' are being forced on the Rohingya municipality to go fishing, to get aid for eating, to have a jobs if the check on nationality is to be optional.
And I welcome the clear commitments of some government departments, such as the Ministry of Education, which is making considerable effort to increase accessibility to good schools across the state. On other, perhaps more vulnerable issues, I truly expect that in the coming few month there will be an equal level of engagement that can be seen in my message to the UN General Assembly - such as verifiable moves to fully restore full accessibility for relief, to prevent injuries and to support the victim, to fully implement the Rakhine State Advisory Commission's temporary advice and to introduce systemic and real consultations and fair remuneration for those affected by all new and ongoing developments in line with global norms.
ASEAN is also called upon to adopt an "indifference" position to support Myanmar on its path towards a complete transition to a fully democracy. I am prepared, as always, to help in any way I can to make Myanmar the land I know it can be where the human right of all human beings is respect able, safeguarded and sheltered.