19 Jan 2015
Restrictions on and harassment of civil society and the media may have worsened in Myanmar, according to a UN independent human rights expert.
UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee recently concluded a ten-day official visit to the South-East Asian country.
She reported that valuable gains made in the area of freedom of expression and assembly risk being lost.
Ms Lee said she is concerned about the ongoing harassment, intimidation and prosecution of journalists, civil society activists and protesters who are opposed to government projects.
The Special Rapporteur also highlighted intercommunal violence as an issue that continues to be a barrier to peace and prosperity throughout the country.
She said that during her visit, she was personally subjected to the kind of sexist intimidation that female human rights defenders experience when advocating on controversial issues.
Her findings will be submitted to the UN Human Rights Council in March.
Stephanie Castro, United Nations.