Monday, November 12, 2007

UN Seeks to Count The Dead and Detained in Burma

Source: International Herald Tribune

A United Nations envoy arrived Sunday in Myanmar to begin the first independent investigation into the military government's September crackdown on protests led by Buddhist monks and students.

Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, the UN rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar, who had been barred from entering the country for the past four years, will visit prisons and monasteries in an attempt to establish the number of people detained and killed in the crackdown, UN officials said.

Pinheiro, who is scheduled to stay in Myanmar through Thursday, will report his findings next month to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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