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UN Report Slams Burma's Human Rights Situation


A new United Nations report criticizes Burma's human rights situation and its lack of democratic reforms.

The UN special envoy on human rights in Burma Paulo Sergio Pinheiro says in his latest report released Sunday that the country has made no transition toward democracy.

The report highlights what it calls the continued intimidation, harassment, arbitrary arrest and imprisonment of civilians who peacefully exercise their civil and political rights and freedoms. An estimated 1,144 political prisoners are jailed in Burma.

The envoy also warns that national reconciliation will not take place while key political representatives are behind bars.

Burma's military government extended opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest by another six months late last year.

Her National League for Democracy party won elections in 1990, but Burma's military junta ignored the party's sweeping victory.

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