1. Mr. Tomas Qiea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situationofhuman rightsinMyanmarvisited Myanmar from 13th to 19th Februaty 2014. The Govennnent ofMyanmarhas facilitated all places he would like to visit including Yangon, Sittwe, Myitkyina, Sagaing and Nay Pyi Taw and meetings with respective officials he asked for.
It is a pessimistic prejudgment to ask the UN Human Rights Council to get involved in the invest;igation if the recently-established InvestigationCommission formed by the Presidentofthe Republicof the Union of Myanmar concerning Ducheeratan incident fails to carry out an investigation that meets international standards even before the Commission has reported its finding on the incident;
The Special Rapporteur should provide detailed facts to the Government of Myanmar if he may have any. It is counter-productive and may have negative impact on the harmony and solidarity already achieved among the communities by his pessimistic statement based on any unverified information.
(b) His allegation:
"Muslim communities remain segregated from Buddhist communitiesand theirfreedom ofmovementrestricted."
It is known that sufficient amount of time is required to build trust and confidence between the two communities and they should not be compelled to live side-by-side immediately.
The Government, together with religious and community leaders, has encouraged and facilitated interfaith dialogues and community dialogues in Rakhine State since June 2012.
It is crucial for non-Rakhine community to accept the population verification process-an initial step for resettlement and access to livelihoods, freedom ofmovementandcitizenship among others.
It will help the international community to better understand the situation there ifthe Special Rapporteurmaywishtohighlight these underlying difficulties.
"Humanitarian organizations providing life-saving assistance were being increasingly threatened."
The Government and local authorities in Rakhine State are trying their utmost to facilitate the humanitarian agencies working there to provide necessary assistance to the needed ones.
(d) Mr. Quintana demands for release of so-called prisoners of conscience, Dr. Tun Aung, Kyaw Hla Aung and 3INooworkers.
It is, in fact, the three locally-recruited INGO workers, who are not expatriate staff, were arrested and detained under Section 436 ofthe Penal Code for their involvement in arson attacks on Bo Hmuu Village and Waitharli Village in connection with the communal violence that occurred in Rakhine State in June 2012. They had been employed as driver, security staffandfood distributor.
Tun Aung was charged under Sections 153 (a)/sos(c) of the Penal Code and under several charges including Section 6 (1), the falsification of national registration certificate and was sentenced accordingly in 2012.
Kyaw HlaAung was chargedun~erSection 148/333/150 ofthe Penal Code for his involvement in inciting a violent attack on the civil service personnel who were conducting the population verification working Thetkaipyinvillage in Sittwayin April 2013.
(e) His allegation:
"The offence ofthe Tatmadawand human rights violations in Kachin State"