|An displaced persons camp near Sittwe in Rakhine State, Myanmar. Photo: UNHCR Myanmar/2012|
The prospects for constitutional change and a free and fair general election has made 2015 a “tipping point” for the reform process in Myanmar, United Nations special envoy Yanghee Lee said on March 16.
|Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA|
Friday January 16 wasn’t exactly a shining moment for the image of Buddhism in Myanmar. As the UN special rapporteur for human rights, Yanghee Lee, was wrapping up her second visit, prominent nationalist monk, the Venerable U Wirathu, unleashed a vitriolic attack in a speech in Yangon.
|UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Ms Yanghee Lee speaks during a news conference at the Sedona Hotel in Yangon on January 16, 2015. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima|
Myanmar’s foreign ministry has criticized the United Nations for using the term “Rohingya” and alleges UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Ms Yanghee Lee interfered in issues which fall within their state sovereignty and domestic jurisdiction.
|Buddhist monk U Wirathu delivers a speech during a protest against a UN resolution urging Myanmar to offer Muslim Rohingya full citizenship in Yangon on January 16, 2015. During the speech, he used harsh words against UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar Ms Yanghee Lee. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima|
YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar president's office spokesman U Zaw Htay said on January 22, that the religious affairs ministry had been asked to look into the "rude and harsh" comments made by controversial monk U Wirathu, but he indicated the government was unlikely to take action.
|UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar Ms Yanghee Lee talks to the media during a news conference at the Sedona Hotel in Yangon on January 16, 2015. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima|
The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar Ms Yanghee Lee says that she will wait and see how the Myanmar government responds to Buddhist monk U Wirathu’s abusive comments about her.