UN committee condemns Myanmar rights record

November 19, 2010 04:54

UNITED NATIONS — A key UN committee on Thursday strongly condemned human rights violations in Myanmar and sharply criticized the country's first election in 20 years for restricting opposition parties and candidates — including pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The 65-year-old Nobel peace laureate was released from house arrest on Saturday — a week after the election — and the General Assembly's human rights committee urged Myanmar's military junta to follow up by releasing all political prisoners, "currently estimated at more than 2,100."

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