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Human Rights Watch Urges UN Security Council to Take Up Burma

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A human rights watchdog group has issued a call for the United Nations Security Council to consider violations of human rights in Burma.

Human Rights Watch said Thursday the Security Council should address the widespread and systematic abuse of human rights by Burma's military government.

The organization says Burma remains one of the most repressive countries in Asia.

Former Czech president Vaclav Havel and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu last month appealed for the security council to take up an initiative to bring political reform to Burma.

But Human Rights Watch says it fears China and Russia may oppose putting Burma on the agenda.

The United States has said it would like to see Burma brought before the Security Council.

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