Myanmar authorities arrest 2 prominent activists, including Buddhist monk

November 14, 2007 05:48


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Myanmar's military junta detained two prominent anti-government activists, surging ahead with a crackdown even as the government hosted a UN human rights investigator and insisted that all arrests had stopped, dissidents said. One of the two arrests came Tuesday as UN human rights envoy Paulo Sergio Pinheiro met with Cabinet ministers in the junta's remote, jungle capital Naypyitaw. Pinheiro's five-day visit, which ends Thursday, is part of an investigation into widespread allegations of human rights abuses since the regime's violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests in September. Su Su Nway, a prominent female activist who has been on the run for more than two months, was arrested Tuesday morning in Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, exiled Myanmar dissidents in Thailand said.

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