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Burmese Military Government Welcomes Right Group's Visit - 2003-02-11


Burma's military government has issued a statement welcoming the recent visit by a delegation from the human rights group, Amnesty International.

Two researchers from the London-based group visited Burma for several days this month, meeting with government officials, police, opposition politicians and political prisoners.

On Monday, the Amnesty researchers told journalists in Bangkok that they had several concerns about Burma's human rights. But they also said prisoners and former detainees they met had indicated things are getting better.

In its statement Tuesday, the government said it welcomes commentary by the international community and Amnesty about issues facing the country. It praised what it called Amnesty's independence, honesty and integrity.

The London-based group says it looks forward to more visits to Burma. It has long been a critic of the military government's human rights record.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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