New UN human rights envoy visits Myanmar

August 3rd, 2008 - 7:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Yangon, Aug 3 (Xinhua) The new UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana arrived here Sunday to begin his first mission to look into the rights situation in the country. During his five-day trip in Myanmar, Quintana is expected to meet government officials, representatives of ethnic groups, political parties and non-governmental organizations, diplomatic sources said.

He is also expected to tour areas in Yangon and Irrawaddy divisions affected by a severe cyclone early May.

Quintana’s Myanmar visit came more than eight months after the visit of former UN human rights envoy Paulo Sergio Pinheiro in November 2007.

Pinheiro had met six Myanmar ministers and senior officials from the home ministry, law enforcement, the Yangon Division Peace and Development Council and the Yangon General Hospital, as well as senior abbots of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee (the State Governing Body of the Buddhist Clergy), according to a UN statement.

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