Myanmar Blocks UN Rights Investigator Just Before Visit

Yanghee Lee, UN special rapporteur, said she had been due to visit in January to assess human rights across Myanmar, including abuses against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State.

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Myanmar Blocks UN Rights Investigator Just Before Visit

Yanghee Lee expressed her concern about the Rakhine state following her blocked entry

Geneva, Switzerland:  Myanmar has told the UN independent investigator into human rights in the country that it will not cooperate with her or grant her access to the country for the rest of her tenure, she said in a statement on Wednesday.

Yanghee Lee, UN special rapporteur, said she had been due to visit in January to assess human rights across Myanmar, including abuses against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State.

"This declaration of non-cooperation with my mandate can only be viewed as a strong indication that there must be something terribly awful happening in Rakhine, as well as in the rest of the country," she said.

(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Catherine Evans)
© Thomson Reuters 2017


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