February 23, 2019

UN Special Envoy for Myanmar begins mission















Christine Schraner Burgener.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, Union of Myanmar: In Maungdaw township located in the northern Rakhine State, UN Special Envoy for Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener met Muslim and Hindu refugees who had fled to Bangladesh yet returned voluntarily to Myanmar. It is the first visit by Special Envoy Schraner Burgener to the country since being appointed end of April by UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

She arrived last week and met to discuss the Rakhine humanitarian issues with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Commander-in-Chief for Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

Ms Schraner Burgener has served as Deputy Director of the Directorate of International Law, with the rank of Ambassador, and Head of the International Law, Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Division in the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs from 2004 to 2009.  Simultaneously, she served as the Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism on Foreign Policy and as the Secretary‑General of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission. Until beginning of June 2018 she was the Helvetian ambassador to Germany, first woman in the high-level position in over 150 years of Swiss-German relations.

Born in Meiringen, Switzerland, in 1963, Ms. Schraner Burgener holds a law degree from the University of Zurich, and is fluent in German, French, English and Japanese.

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