Before elections, justice minister tells UN body Myanmar 'making every effort' to democratize

Myanmar's justice minister has told a U.N. body that his country has made progress on human rights and is trying "like any other nascent democracy" to overcome the challenges it's facing.

Dozens of delegations at the Human Rights Council have been praising Myanmar's steps toward democracy ahead of elections Sunday, while urging authorities there to do more in areas such as the rights of women, religious freedom, freedom of expression and to combating discrimination against the Rohingya minority.

Justice Minister Tun Shin, the head of Myanmar's delegation, says his country is "making every effort" to create a democratic society.

His brief statement came as part of a two-week, rotating review of national human rights records by the council. Myanmar is one of 14 countries facing scrutiny during this session.