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US, UN Condemn Attack on Burmese Rights Activists


The United States and the United Nations are condemning a recent attack on human rights activists in Burma.

The activists were trying to raise awareness about human rights standards when they were attacked and beaten by a large group on April 18th in the village of Oakpon (Ayeyawaddy province). Several were hospitalized.

The U.S. State Department Wednesday called the attack deeply disturbing. It said the attack is part of a pattern by the Burmese government to intimidate and silence those who peacefully express their opinion.

Two top U.N. human rights officials (Paulo Sergio Pinheiro and Hina Jilani) said in statement the attacks highlight the local police's inability to protect victims. They called on Burma's government to take all necessary steps to protect human rights defenders.

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