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Human Rights Commission
 
Last updated: 28 May 2015
 
On 5 September 2011, the regime formed a 15-member Human Rights Commission (HRC). On 24 September 2014, the regime restructured the HRC into an 11-member body. The HRC includes former State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) ambassadors and retired civil servants. Despite replacing several members, the HRC Chairman, who has routinely denied the existence of human rights violations in Burma and defended the military regime's abysmal human rights record at the UN for nearly 15 years, retained his position.
 
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Name Position Previous position
1. Win Mra Chairman Ambassador
2. Sit Myaing Vice-Chairman Director-General, Social Welfare Department
3. Nyunt Swe Member Deputy Director-General, Foreign Affairs Ministry
4. Nyan Zaw Member State Medical Superintendent
5. Than Nwe (F) Member Professor/Dean, Law Department
6. Khin Maung Lay Member Director, Labor Department
7. Zaw Win Member Director-General, Correctional Department
8. Yu Lwin Aung Member Chairman, Social Security Board, Labor, Employment, and Social Security Ministry
9. Myint Kyi Member Pro-Rector, International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University
10. Mya Mya (F) Member Deputy General Manager, Information Ministry
11. Soe Phone Myint Member Staff Officer, Attorney-General's Office
 
Win Mra (Chairman)
 
An ethnic Rakhine, Win Mra is a retired career diplomat. From 1994 to 2001, in his capacity as the former junta ambassador to the UN in New York, he routinely defended the junta against allegations of human rights violations.
 
In June 2001, during the annual session of the International Labor Conference in Geneva, Win Mra denied the existence of forced labor in Burma. In May 2004, during a session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva, he stated that that there was no religious discrimination in Burma. He also denied that Rohingya were one of Burma’s ethnic groups.
 
In a September 2011 interview, Win Mra outrageously stated that the Burmese people were “not familiar” with human rights and didn’t know what the benefits of human rights were.
 

On 14 February 2012, Win Mra said the HRC would not investigate human rights abuses in Burma’s conflict zones. “With the establishment of the peace, other problems like human rights violations and atrocities supposed to be committed against ethnic groups will also recede into the background,” Win Mra said.

On 16 August 2012, Win Mra said there was no need for an investigation by the HRC into deadly sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya which broke out in June in Arakan State.

 
 
Nyunt Swe (Member)
 
Nyunt Swe is a former Tatmadaw Colonel. He was the military junta’s Deputy Foreign Minister between 1994 and 1998. In 2006-2007, he served as the military regime’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN in Geneva. In October 2007, he defended the SPDC against the UN Human Rights Council’s resolution that condemned the crackdown on the Saffron Revolution.
 
 
HRC Statements
Statement No. (7/2015) of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission with regards to the visit to Maing-Sat prison in Shan State - 20 May 2015
 
Statement No. (6/2015) of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission with regard to the case involving the death of Ko Aung Naing (a) Ko Aung Kyaw Naing (a) Ko Par Gyi - 8 May 2015
 
Statement No. (5/2015) of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission on the visit by the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission team to the prisons and detention centres in Sittwe and Buthidaung townships in Rakhine State - 30 April 2015
 
Outcome Statement of senior officials Workshop on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and Related Resolutions - 27-28 April 2015
 
Statement No. (4/2015) of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission relating to agreement by the two sides on the draft text on nationwide ceasefire - 2 April 2015
 
Press Release by the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission on the Armed Conflict in Laukkai Area - 27 February 2015
 
Myanmar National Human Rights Commission Press Statement on the inquiry of riots of 22nd December 2014 at Latpadaungtaung Copper Mine Project in Salingyi Township - 14 January 2015
 
Statement by the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission on International Human Rights Day - 10 December 2014
 
Myanmar National Human Rights Commission inquiry report into the death of Ko Aung Naing (a) Ko Aung Kyaw Naing (a) Ko Par Gyi - 2 December 2014
 
Myanmar National Human Rights Commission issues Statement No. (2/2014) regarding findings of Commission Team from its investigation of the incident at Ducheeratan village-tract - 14 February 2014
 
Myanmar National Human Rights Commission issues Statement No. (1/2014) on Presidential Order of Pardon - 3 January 2014
 
Myanmar National Human Rights Commission issues Statement No. (4/2013) on International Human Rights Day, 10 December, 2013 - 10 December 2013
 
Myanmar National Human Rights Commission issues Statement No. (3/2013) concerning violence that had occurred in Rakhine State - 7 May 2013
 
Statement No. (2/2013) of Myanmar National Human Rights Commission regarding the conflict in Kachin State - 28 March 2013
 

Statement No 1/2013 of Myanmar National Human Rights Commission on humanitarian assistance for the conflict victims of Kachin State - 18 January 2013

Statement (8/2012) of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission on the International Human Rights Day, 10 December, 2012 - 10 December 2012

Statement of Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) concerning its membership in South East Asia NHRIs Forum (SEANF) No. 6/2012 - 17 September 2012

Statement of Myanmar National Human Rights Commission on its trip to the Kachin State (5/2012) - 14 August 2012

Statement No. (4/2012) of Myanmar National Human Rights Commission concerning incidents in Rakhine State in June 2012 - 11 July 2012

Statement of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission on signing of Plan of Action for Prevention against Recruitment of the Under-Aged Children for Military Service - 2 July 2012

Statement of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission on its establishment and its current status of functioning (Statement No 2/2012) - 27 March 2012

Statement by the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission - 14 January 2012

Statement on its visits to the Insein Prison and Hlay-Hlaw-Inn Yebet Prison Labour Camp - 30 December 2011

Statement on its visit to Kachin State - 13 December 2011

Statement on International Human Rights Day - 10 December 2011

Statement by the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission - 27 November 2011

Open letter to President Thein Sein - 12 November 2011

Open letter to President Thein Sein - 10 October 2011

Accepting of complaint - 6 October 2011

 
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