Friday, November 23, 2007

UN panel slams Yangon for crackdown on protests

Source: The Peninsula

A UN General Assembly panel put Myanmar back under the international spotlight yesterday, passing a resolution strongly condemning the military regime's suppression of anti-government protests.

But Myanmar's UN envoy Kyaw Tint Swe immediately dismissed the censure, saying the regime was neither discouraged nor surprised.

The non-binding text, adopted by a vote of 88 in favour and 24 against, with 66 abstentions, "strongly condemns the use of violence against peaceful demonstrators who were exercising their rights to freedom of opinion and expression and to peaceful assembly and association."

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