UN rights envoy says mob attacked his car in Myanmar

August 22, 2013 07:05

YANGON - A 200-strong mob attacked a UN human rights envoy's car in central Myanmar this week, kicking windows and doors and shouting abuse, as he arrived to investigate Buddhist-led violence against Muslims, the envoy said.

Tomás Ojea Quintana, a UN special rapporteur on human rights, said the attack occurred on Monday at about 10.30 p.m. in Meikhtila, where a wave of anti-Muslim riots in March killed at least 43 people, destroyed hundreds of homes and displaced thousands.The attack on Ojea Quintana dramatically underscores the challenges Myanmar's reformist government faces in containing mob violence and pacifying long-simmering tensions in one of Asia's most ethnically diverse countries.

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