Yangon, June 14: Myanmar's internal civil situation is at unrest since long days. Human rights issues are prevailing in the country constantly. Rohingya community is struggling for getting an identity. The community is constantly migrating being in a homeless state. Renata Lok-Dessallien is the coordinator of UN Resident in Myanmar. But her role in the human rights issues of the country has always been in question. Yesterday UN confirmed it is moving the top UN official from her position.
A leading news agency published that diplomatic and aid community sources in Yangon told this measure is related to Renata Lok-Dessallien's failure to prioritize human rights. UN has claimed its activity in the country has become "glaringly dysfunctional". Internal tensions are also creating distractions. “The position has been advertised,” information officer U Aye Win told The Irrawaddy, a local newspaper.
In last November, journalists were restricted to record a press conference. This incident happened during the UN and foreign ambassadors visit Rakhine State. Government security forces were already accused of abusing human rights. Lok-Dessallien faced waves of criticism after the incident. Last year tens of thousands of Rohingya fled rape and abuse at the hands of Burmese soldier. UN team could not play a significant role during that period also. She was the first woman to take up the role.
Rather than concentrating on human rights issues, minorities she was blamed for giving priorities to only developmental programs and strong bonding with the Burmese government.
She started working there in January 2014. She was the first woman to take up the role. Her role is coming to n end after 3.5 years, lesser than the usual term of 5 years. Though she is now on leave she has been informed.
A UN spokeswoman said this had nothing to do with her performance and the position is being rotated.