UN envoy visits political prisoners in Myanmar
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 19:08
Yangon: A United Nations human rights envoy, in Myanmar to evaluate progress on reform, visited political prisoners in a north-western state, a government official said on Wednesday.

Envoy Tomas Ojea Quintana met four prisoners in Rakhine yesterday, and travelled to Buthidaung prison near the border with Bangladesh today, said the official on condition of anonymity, since he was not authorized to speak to the press.

Quintana's third visit to military-ruled Myanmar follows the release from almost seven years' detention of Tin Oo, the deputy leader of the pro-democracy party led by Aung San Suu Kyi.

Myanmar, ruled by the military since 1962, still holds some 2,100 political prisoners.

Quintana is expected to meet several key officials in the country's administrative capital, Naypyitaw, and members of the opposition. He will also visit Yangon's notorious Insein prison during his five-day trip.

Win Tin, one of the country's longest-serving former prisoners, called on Quintana to "be decisive and perform his duties in the strictest manner without falling prey to the lies of the government."

Win Tin said earlier visits made things more bearable for political prisoners.


First Published: Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 19:08

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