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Amnesty International Visits Burma - 2003-01-31


Two members of Amnesty International have met with Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during the first-ever visit to Burma by the human rights group.

Officials says the two met with the Nobel laureate today (Friday) at her home in the capital, Rangoon. Details of the talks were not available.

Amnesty International and Burma's military government both say the two delegates will be in Burma for 10 days, but have not provided any more details on the visit.

It is believed the delegates will also meet with Burmese military leaders.

Amnesty International has been a leading critic of Burma's human rights record. The group has accused the ruling minority of the systematic rape of women and girls in its war against ethnic minority separatists.

It says the military has practiced murder, torture, forced labor, forced relocation and the use of child soldiers.

The group also says more than 1,000 political prisoners remain in detention in Burma -- many of them arrested after the military refused to recognize the 1990 election victory of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy.

Burma's military government rejects the allegations.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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