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UN Rights Rapporteur Schedules Last Burma Visit

12 February 2014

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Burma, Tomás Ojea Quintana is scheduled to hold his last official visit from Feb. 14-19 and plans to visit strife-torn Arakan State, Kachin State, the Letpadaung copper mine in Sagaing Division and the Thilawa Special Economic Zone near Rangoon. Quintana is due to step down as rapporteur after fulfilling his six-year mandate. “In [Arakan] State, I hope to be able to assess what steps the government has taken to improve the human rights situation there, including in Maungdaw Township,” he said, referring to the Muslim majority area where the population is under severe restrictions.