10 UN staff, aid workers detained in Myanmar, some charged

July 13, 2012 12:58


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GENEVA - Ten staff members from the United Nations and international NGOs have been detained in Myanmar and charges have been lodged against at least some of them, the United Nations said on Friday, the day after UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres visited the country.

The detained staff include three Myanmar nationals working for the UNHCR, the agency's spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told a regular UN briefing in Geneva. She declined to give details.

Another UN official said the 10 detained included three from the UN World Food Program and some from Doctors Without Borders, or Medecins Sans Frontieres.

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