Human rights on Ban's Sri Lanka, Myanmar agenda

Human rights on Ban's Sri Lanka, Myanmar agenda

Ban Ki-moon is set to begin his five-country Asia tour. Photograph: (Getty)

WION New Delhi, India Aug 26, 2016, 09.52 AM (IST)
United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon will stress on the importance of development and human rights during his visit to Sri Lanka and Myanmar next week, which are a part of his five-country Asia tour.

The UN chief arrives in Myanmar on Tuesday where he will hold talks with Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s de facto prime minister.

He is also expected to address a peace conference organised by Suu Kyi, which includes ethnic rebel groups and aims to end decades of fighting.

Ban will also meet President Htin Kyaw, general Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of Myanmar's armed forces, and some political and civil society representatives.
 
The UN is pushing for the establishment of a special court to try war crimes committed during the Sri Lankan army's conflict with Tamil Tiger rebels.

The UN has criticised Myanmar's treatment of the Muslim Rohingya minority, who are denied citizenship and have been living in camp.

The UN chief will discuss human rights and development during the talks, according to his spokesperson.Stephane Dujarric.

He visits Sri Lanka on Wednesday and will meet President Maithripala Sirisena.

The UN is pushing for the establishment of a special court to try war crimes committed during the Sri Lankan army's conflict with Tamil Tiger rebels.

Ban will focus on the "promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development," Dujarric said.


(WION with inputs from AFP)

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

The UN-chief Ban Ki-moon will meet ethnic rebel groups in Myanmar and will focus on the 'promotion of inclusive societies' in Sri Lanka

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