Wednesday, November 14, 2007

U.N. Envoy "Disturbed" by Burma Arrest in Visit

Source: Reuters

U.N. human rights envoy Sergio Paulo Pinheiro was disturbed by Myanmar's arrest of prominent labor activist Su Su Nway as he met junta officials, a U.N. official said on Wednesday.

Pinheiro, visiting the former Burma to get to the bottom of the regime's bloody crackdown on democracy protests in September, was expected to raise her arrest in meetings with government officials on Thursday.

"He was disturbed by the fact that the arrest had been done," Charles Petrie, the top U.N. diplomat in Myanmar, told Reuters.

"He still has some meetings with authorities and Professor Pinheiro is pretty straightforward and frank, so I would expect him to raise that and other issues," he said.

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