Human Rights Council supports UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar

By a vote of 32 in favour, five against and ten abstentions, the Human Rights Council extended the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar for a further period of one year.

In December 2017, the Government of Myanmar denied access to the country to the current Special Rapporteur, Yanhee Lee, and withdrawn all cooperation for the duration of her mandate.

The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe. The results of the vote were as follows:

In favour (32): Afghanistan, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Togo, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and United States.

Against (5): Burundi, China, Cuba, Philippines, and Venezuela.

Abstentions (10): Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Japan, Kenya, Mongolia, Nepal, Senegal, and South Africa.

Ms. Lee served as member and chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, and headed the Meeting of Chairpersons of Treaty Bodies. She also served as the Chairperson of the Coordinating Committee of Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council.

She is currently a professor at Sungkyunwan University, Seoul, and serves on the Advisory Committee of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea. She is the founding President of International Child Rights Center.

The Special Rapporteur has earned a B.S. Degree from Georgetown University, M.ED. and Ph.D. from University of Missouri-Columbia. She has published numerous articles and books on human rights and children’s rights.

As Special Rapporteur, Ms. Lee is part of the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system. She is independent from any government or organization and serves in her individual capacity.

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