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Maung Wai, Permanent Representative of Myanmar to the United Nations Office at Geneva, has announced that the recommendations received had generally been on accelerating the political, socio-economic andadministrative reform of Myanmar, and on promoting and protecting human rights in the country. He also informed that recommendations on creating and maintaining a safe and enabling environment for civil society, human rights defenders and journalists had been accepted.

Among the different NGOs’ statements, Franciscans International, jointly with Dominicans for Justice and Peace - Order of Preachers, Caritas Internationalis (International Confederation of Catholic Charities) and Pax Romana (International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs and International Movement of Catholic Students), expressed concern over the rejection of recommendations on the promotion and protection of human rights of minorities. They drew attention to the four laws on the “Protection of Race and Religion,” which had been adopted in 2015 on interfaith marriages.

As a conclusive remark to the different statements of States and NGOs, Maung Wai, said that it was important to reiterate that Myanmar had come a long way to bring about better human rights for its people, but more needed to be done to strengthen human rights. He assured that the commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights would prevail in Myanmar’s society.

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