March 18, 2016

UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee
1. In the present report, submitted to the Human Rights Council pursuant to its resolution 28/23, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, examines the developments in Myanmar since her reports to the Council, in March 2015 (A/HRC/28/72) and to the General Assembly, in October 2015 (A/70/412). Building on these and other past reports, the Special Rapporteur identifies key priority areas for the new Government in addressing prevailing human rights concerns.

2. Four years of wide-ranging reforms have brought fundamental changes to Myanmar. During that time, thousands of political prisoners were released, numerous laws were adopted or reformed, and significant steps were taken towards allowing greater media freedom and government transparency. The general elections held in November 2015, which were assessed positively by both national and international observers (despite some irregularities and pre-election concerns), saw the National League for Democracy (NLD) win an absolute majority.

Download the full report here.

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