Pres­i­dent Win Myint says hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion has im­proved

Mizzima Business Weekly - - NEWS ROUNDUPS -

Myan­mar Pres­i­dent Win Myint on Mon­day said that the coun­try’s hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion has im­proved, but crit­ics pointed to the coun­try’s vi­o­lent crack­down in Rakhine State, harsh treat­ment of eth­nic mi­nori­ties, an ap­par­ent about-face on press free­dom, and crack­downs on civic groups, RFA re­ported. Ad­dress­ing an event in Yangon com­mem­o­rat­ing the 70th an­niver­sary of the procla­ma­tion of the Univer­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights, the U.N. doc­u­ment that sets out fun­da­men­tal hu­man rights, he also called on the govern­ment and civil so­ci­ety to work with the coun­try’s hu­man rights com­mis­sion to fur­ther im­prove hu­man rights con­di­tions. “Hu­man rights which are the most fun­da­men­tal rights of hu­mankind need to be en­joyed with­out dis­crim­i­na­tion with re­spect to race, colour of skin, gen­der, lan­guage, re­li­gion or po­lit­i­cal be­lief by all equally,” he said in a state­ment is­sued in state me­dia.

Win Myint also said Myan­mar is mak­ing ef­forts to teach, cre­ate aware­ness of, and pro­vide train­ing cour­ses on hu­man rights as it moves along a path to demo­cratic tran­si­tion.

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