UN Human Rights Rapporteur concerned about abuses in Myanmar

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Tomas Ojea Quintana

Tomas Ojea Quintana, who just returned from his third mission to Myanmar, as human rights rapporteur, says he saw no progress by the government on releasing political prisoners or on securing freedom of expression, association and assembly, which he considers crucial for making the elections a success. Tomas Quintana also raised with the government of Myanmar the issue of systemic and deep-rooted discrimination against Muslim minorities, who are excluded from citizenship. Finally, the Special Rapporteur called for establishing accountability for past human rights violations by the military regime in Myanmar.

Climate change is a human rights issue for the Maldives



The Maldives, a small island state, threatened by rising sea levels, has been a vocal proponent of measures to limit climate change. Its President Mohamed Nasheed even went so far as to hold a cabinet meeting underwater, in the lead up to the Copenhagen Conference, to raise awareness of the urgency of the issue. UN Radio’s Patrick Maigua recently sat down with the Foreign Minister of the Maldives, Ahmed Shaheed, who is trying to bring the issue of climate change to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

A report card on reaching the targets on water and sanitation

"Clean water for a healthy world"

“Clean water for a healthy world” is the theme of this year’s World Water Day, March 22nd. A report issued jointly by the World Health Organization and UNICEF has good news on this front. With 87% of the world’s population using safe drinking-water sources, the world is on track to meet or even exceed the water target of the Millennium Development Goals. But the target for sanitation will not be reached at the current rate of progress.

Producer: Bissera Kostova
Duration: 14’00″

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