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UN Envoys and Rapporteurs on Burma

Since 1990, UN Envoys and Rapporteurs have visited Burma 58 times in an attempt to facilitate dialogue between the regime and pro-democracy forces and carry out fact-finding missions. In addition, the UN Secretary-General has visited Burma three times. The chronology details the UN’s unsuccessful attempts to engage the regime, as well as the regime’s plethora of lies and broken promises aimed at staving off international pressure. See chronology

 
Quotes from the UN good offices

Quotes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, current UN Special Advisor on Burma Vijay Nambiar, and former UN Special Advisor on Burma Ibrahim Gambari highlight the regime’s constant disregard for the UN good offices role.

 
Burma and International Conventions

Burma has ratified only a few international conventions, including the three Geneva Conventions, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and the ILO convention on Forced Labor and. See table of ratifications The UN Treaty Bodies’ recommendations illustrate the regime’s failure to comply with international human rights conventions that it has ratified. See reports and observations

 
HRC/CHR Resolutions on Burma

Since 1992, the UN Commission on Human Rights (UNHCR) and the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) have passed 24 resolutions on Burma which directly address the regime’s refusal to respect the human rights of Burma’s citizens. The strongly worded statements remain consistent from year to year and illustrate the regime’s failure to address UN concerns in a meaningful way. See UNCHR/UNHRC resolutions

 
UNGA Resolutions on Burma

Since 1991, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has passed 23 resolutions on Burma which directly address a range of issues of concern, including denial of human rights, lack of democratization, and political prisoners. The strongly worded statements remain consistent from year to year and illustrate the regime’s failure to address UN concerns in a meaningful way. See UNGA resolutions and UNGA voting records

 
UNSC Statements on Burma

Russia and China have stymied the UN Security Council’s (UNSC's) efforts to address Burma’s crises. Russia and China vetoed a US-led resolution on 12 January 2007. In the aftermath of the SPDC’s violent crackdown on peaceful demonstrations in September 2007, the UNSC released two statements that contained strongly-worded recommendations that the SPDC failed to implement. See UNSC resolutions/statements