Bangladesh and Cambodia slated for official UN human rights visits |
At the Government’s invitation, Michelle Bachelet will visit Bangladesh from Sunday, August 14, during the first official visit of a United Nations Human Rights chief to the country.
Here, she will visit detention camps for Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, as well as high-ranking officials, including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Washed and other ministers, and the National Human Rights Commission with representatives of civil society organisations.
Live ‘hanging in balance’
Back in 2017, violent attacks in Myanmar forced some 745,000 Rohingya, including more than 400,000 children, to flee to Bangladesh.
In June, Ms. Bachelet pointed out that the military continues to “use hateful and offensive language to intimidate and exclude the largely Muslim Rohingya in Rakhine state – hundreds of thousands of whom have been killed forced to flee -“and implement strict discriminatory limits on their movements”.
Myanmar people’s lives and future are “balanced” She said, adding that it was “disappointing” that international efforts to curb the military’s reckless, violent approach have largely been ineffective”.
UN expert visits Cambodia
Meanwhile, on Monday, the United Nations-appointed human rights expert, Vitit Muntarbhorn, will make his first official visit to Cambodia.
Over the course of two weeks, he will assess the human rights situation in the country along with the government’s efforts to create an environment in which everyone can enjoy them – including political and civil rights, economy, society and culture after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Press freedom is increasingly threatened
The visit of the UN Special Rapporteur comes amid growing restrictions on civic space and press freedom in the country..
According to one report by the United Nations Office for Human Rights (OHCHR), journalists are increasingly subjected to various forms of harassment, pressure, and violence.
In it, OHCHR in Cambodia outlined the country’s growing lack of freedoms, including press and expression, by looking at the legal framework; media ownership status; and the specific challenges that women in the media face.
The independent rights expert’s visit is at the invitation of the government. He will hold meetings with local and national government officials and local and international civil society representatives around the country.
Special Rapporteur appointed by the UN in Geneva Dong Nhan Quyen Association arrive check and report back about a particular human rights topic or a country situation. Their position is honorary and professionals are not paid for their work.