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UN Human Rights Envoy Arrives in Burma

30 July 2012

A United Nations human rights expert has arrived in Burma on his first mission since serious ethnic strife shook a western area in June. Tomas Ojea Quintana arrived on Sunday night for a one-week evaluation visit during which he will meet government officials, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, civil society representatives and others concerned with human rights. He is expected to visit Rangoon’s notorious Insein prison and travel to northwestern Arakan (Rakhine) State where at least 78 people were killed in communal violence involving a Muslim minority. Quintana’s evaluation is likely to be regarded as a yardstick for measuring reforms undertaken by elected President Thein Sein after decades of repressive military rule.—AP