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The United Nations’ special rapporteur to Burma, Yanghee Lee, began her third official visit to the country today. Lee will tour Burma for five days, departing on 7 August after a single press conference.
“The Special Rapporteur will hold meetings across the country with authorities, civil society organizations, and other stakeholder groups in her role assessing the progress of Burma on human rights, economic development, and the ongoing electoral process in the lead up to the November elections,” said the UN in a press release on Monday.
“Myanmar [Burma] is at an important juncture. I will continue to carry out the functions of my mandate in a balanced, impartial, and transparent manner,” said Lee.
During her second tour of Burma, in January 2015, the UN envoy was met marred with controversy when Wirathu, the leader of pro-national Buddhist group 969, labeled her a “whore”.
The outspoken monk slammed the UN official for her perceived bias toward to the Muslin Rohingya population in Burma.
The special rapporteur is expected to submit a report on the human rights situation in Burma to the United Nations General Assembly in October 2015.