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GENEVA (3 May 2021) – When Thar Lun Zaung Htet launched Myanmar’s Khit Thit Media outlet in 2018, he knew that reporting independent news in the South-East Asian country would be tough.

But nothing prepared the 37-year-old reporter for the upheaval that engulfed Myanmar when the military toppled the elected government in a 1 February coup this year, and the full-scale assault on the country’s media.

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Through the voice and the work of the High Commissioner and a staff of more than 1,400 in over 70 countries, OHCHR aims to make human rights a reality in the lives of people everywhere.

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What Are Human Rights?

Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.

Universal human rights are often expressed and guaranteed by law, in the forms of treaties, customary international law , general principles and other sources of international law.

International human rights law lays down obligations of Governments to act in certain ways or to refrain from certain acts, in order to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals or groups.

About OHCHR

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is the leading UN entity on human rights. The General Assembly entrusted both the High Commissioner and her Office with a unique mandate to promote and protect all human rights for all people.

The United Nations human rights programme aims to ensure that the protection and enjoyment of human rights is a reality in the lives of all people.

UN Human Rights also plays a crucial role in safeguarding the integrity of the three interconnected pillars of the United Nations – peace and security, human rights and development.

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