Monday, November 12, 2007

UN Rights Envoy Visits Burmese Monastery Before Talks With Generals

Source: Voice of America

The United Nations' human-rights investigator for Burma has visited a Buddhist monastery ahead of his meetings this week with the country's military leaders. Monday Pinheiro is expected to visit the military leadership's isolated capital, Naypyidaw.

The Brazilian legal scholar, known as a sharp critic of Burma's generals, is on a five-day visit. He says he is determined to gain access to prisons and detention centers, as part of an investigation of alleged human-rights abuses sanctioned by the government.

Pinheiro also is trying to determine how many people were killed or detained in the crackdown on recent opposition protests.

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