The new United Nations human rights envoy to Burma met Wednesday with
leaders of the Burmese opposition for talks on the military
government's detention practices.
U.N. envoy Tomas Quintana met
with leaders of democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi's National League
for Democracy in the Burmese capital, Rangoon.
on Aung San Suu Kyi's continued detention, which the NLD calls a
violation of her human rights. The NLD members also told Quintana
about the arrests of their party members during anti-government
protests last year.
Quintana arrived in Burma on Sunday on his
first mission since being appointed to his post in May. His visit, to
last through Thursday, came at the invitation of the ruling junta.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's special envoy to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, is due to visit Burma in mid-August.
advocate Aung San Suu Kyi is under house arrest, where she is barred
from receiving visitors apart from her cook and her doctor. The Nobel
Peace Prize winner has been under some form of detention for 12 of the
past 18 years.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.