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Burmese Opposition Tells UN Envoy About Rights Violations


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.

Talks focused 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.

Democracy 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.

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