Myanmar at an “important juncture”, says rights expert

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Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar Yanghee Lee. Photo: UN / Jean-Marc Ferré

The international spotlight shifted to Myanmar on Monday as a special UN investigator arrived for an official visit of the country ahead of elections there.

It's the third time independent human rights investigator Yanghee Lee has visited the country where she's highlighted tensions between the Buddhist majority and minority Muslim Rohingya community.

Daniel Johnson has more.

Ahead of November elections in Myanmar, UN special investigator Yanghee Lee is tasked with assessing the human rights situation there.

In what is her third official visit to the country – which only recently emerged from decades of military rule – rights expert Lee said that Myanmar is at "an important juncture".

Part of the UN expert's mandate from the Human Rights Council is to weigh up progress in the electoral process and reform.

In recent months, the Special Rapporteur has been critical of the pressure faced by human rights defenders which she said had a "chilling effect" on civil society.

Lee's also spoken out against the discrimination of the 1.3 million Muslim Rohingya community in the mainly Buddhist south-east Asian country.

During her current five-day visit, Lee is due to meet state representatives, national institutions and civil society organizations.

The Special Rapporteur will submit her report to the United Nations General Assembly in October.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva.

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