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UN envoy to visit Rakhine to assess human rights situation

UN special envoy to Myanmar, Mr Tomás Ojea Quintana, is set to visit the country's troubled Rakhine state to assess if the government has taken steps to improve the human rights situation there.

MYANMAR: United Nations (UN) special envoy to Myanmar, Mr Tomás Ojea Quintana, is set to visit the country's troubled Rakhine state to assess if the government has taken steps to improve the human rights situation there.

In his report to the UN last year, he had claimed that Rakhine is facing a "profound crisis", with the government failing to address the root causes of the communal violence.

Mr Quintana's last visit to the country in August saw him mobbed by groups unhappy with his assessment.

This time, he is set to meet government officials as well as members of the Rohingya Muslim and Rakhine Buddhist communities.

The six-day visit from Friday will also see Mr Quintana visit Kachin state.

Mr Quintana said he hopes to assess the progress made towards a ceasefire with the Kachin Independence Organisation.

"I want to look at the implementation of the ceasefire agreements, and how the underlying grievances of Myanmar's different ethnic groups will be listened to and addressed, when the post-ceasefire talks start,” he added.

The UN envoy will also head to Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Taw to meet with lawmakers and senior members of the judiciary to discuss changes to the constitution.

It will be Mr Quintana's final official visit to Myanmar.

He will present his full report to the Human Rights Council on March 17.  

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