UN envoy to probe human rights in Myanmar

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February 14, 2010 09:42

 
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YANGON, Myanmar — A top United Nations envoy was due to arrive in military-ruled Myanmar on Monday following the release from detention of the still-defiant deputy leader of Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy party.

Envoy Tomas Ojea Quintana requested a meeting with the Nobel Prize winner Suu Kyi, who remains under house arrest, and will evaluate progress on human rights in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

Criticized by the international community for its human rights abuses, the regime on Saturday released 82-year-old Tin Oo, who helped found the National League for Democracy with Suu Kyi, after nearly seven years of prison and house arrest.

"I am not happy with my freedom. I am very sorry about my colleagues who are still serving time in prisons," Tin Oo told reporters Sunday while praying for their early release at Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda.

Human rights groups say the junta holds some 2,100 political prisoners.

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