Welcoming also the report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar5 and the access granted to him during his visits to Myanmar from 11 to 16 February and 11 to 21 August 2013,
1. Welcomes the positive developments in Myanmar and the stated commitment of the Government of Myanmar to continue on the path of political and economic reform, democratization and national reconciliation and the promotion and protection of human rights, recognizing the scale of the reform effort undertaken to date;
2. Also welcomes the continued engagement of the Government of Myanmar with political actors within Parliament, civil society and opposition parties, and urges the Government to continue constitutional and electoral reform in order to ensure that the elections to be held in 2015 are genuinely credible, inclusive and transparent;
3. Further welcomes the increasing space for political activity, assembly, speech and the press, and encourages the Government of Myanmar to fulfil its commitment to carry out comprehensive media reform and to protect the right to freedom of expression, association and of peaceful assembly, including to allow for free and independent media and to ensure the safety, security and freedom of human rights defenders to pursue their activities ..