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UNHRC Adopts Resolution Criticizing Burma - 2003-04-16


The United Nations Human Rights Commission has adopted a resolution accusing Burma of human rights violations that include killings and torture.

At its annual meeting in Geneva, the 53-member commission Wednesday passed the resolution by consensus, without a vote. The resolution was sponsored by the European Union, and expressed grave concern about what it called the ongoing systematic violations of human rights in Burma.

It did welcome positive developments in Burma -- including freedom of movement for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Burma's representative at the meeting called the text of the resolution flawed, unbalanced and biased.

Earlier this week, the European Union extended sanctions against Burma for another year. EU foreign ministers said their decision was based on Rangoon's failure to agree on a timetable for the return of democracy.

Both the European Union and the United States have imposed economic sanctions on Burma, in response to the ruling military's grip on power.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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