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U.N. Rights Expert Receives Reports of Continued Crackdown in Burma


The United Nations human rights expert on Burma says he has received reports that the government crackdown continues, despite international condemnation.

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro said Wednesday that he would investigate allegations of excessive force, deaths and detentions during his upcoming visit.

He said he will travel to Burma after U.N. special envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari's visit, which will be in early November.

The United Nations announced earlier this week that Burma had granted Pinheiro to visit for the first time since 2003. Burma suggested that he visit before a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders on November 17th.

Also Wednesday, China pledged its full support for Gambari's work and praised what it called his remarkable contribution.

Gambari is in Beijing on a two-day visit following a tour of several Asian countries.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte called on China and India to stop supporting the Burmese government with energy deals and weapons sales.


The United States also applauded Australia for enacting sanctions against 418 Burmese officials and others linked to the military government.

Meanwhile, Burmese activists rallied outside the Chinese embassy in Bangkok Wednesday, as part of a day of worldwide protests to demand the release of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Amnesty International has called for the immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi and thousands of others recently detained for participating in pro-democracy protests in Burma.

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