The United Nations (UN) expert on human rights in Myanmar is to visit the country at the invitation of the government, it was announced on Wednesday.
Special Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana will tour the country from July 30 to August 4, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said.
In a statement released by the OHCHR, Quintana spoke of Myanmar’s ‘ongoing human rights challenges, including… recent violence in Rakhine state, as well as continuing armed conflict, particularly in Kachin state’.
Quintana is to meet government officials, politicians, the National Human Rights Commission and civil society in Naypyitaw and Yangon, according to the Geneva-based agency. He also requested visits to Rakhine state and Kachin state and will report his findings to the UN’s Human Rights Council, the OHCHR said.