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Refugee Group Calls for UN Security Council Action on Burma

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A refugee assistance group has backed calls for the United Nations Security Council to take action on Burma's political and human rights situation.

Refugees International says Burma's military government has violated human rights for more than a decade.

It says the number of refugees from Burma may be significantly underreported because nations accepting them frequently classify them as economic migrants.

But the Washington-based group says that as refugees continue to flee Burma, neighboring countries are becoming less sympathetic to their plight. It says the deteriorating refugee situation calls for U.N. Security Council action.

This call echoes a similar request from a recent report sponsored by former Czech president Vaclav Havel and retired South African archbishop Desmond Tutu that recommended bringing Burma before the Security Council to find ways of pressing the military government to reform.

Burma's foreign ministry rejected that report.

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