UN envoy visits political prisoners in Myanmar

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.

PTI



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

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