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UN Rights Envoy Again Greeted by Protestors in Meikhtila

21 August 2013

Tomás Ojea Quintana, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Burma, was again greeted by protesters in Meikhtila, central Burma, where religious violence in March saw more than 40 people killed. Democratic Voice of Burma reported that about 100 people on Monday denounced the envoy as “biased” in his assessment of Burma’s Buddhist-Muslims relations, a similar sentiment to that expressed by demonstrators in Arakan State last week. Monday’s protestors said they “completely refuted” a report on human rights in Burma authored by Quintana earlier this year, and refused to consider UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s call for the country to review its discriminatory 1982 Citizenship Law.