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UN Human Rights Envoy Meets Burmese FM - 2003-11-03


United Nations human rights envoy Paulo Sergio Pinheiro has met with Burma's Foreign Minister Win Aung as part of a renewed mission to investigate alleged human rights abuses in the military-ruled country.

The French press agency reports that during their meeting today (Monday), the foreign minister arranged for Mr. Pinheiro to meet with Burmese Prime Minister Khin Nyunt on Tuesday.

Mr. Pinheiro, a special reporter on Burma for the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, is expected to focus on unrest in May that led to the arrest of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The last time Mr. Pinheiro visited Burma in March, he cut short his trip after finding a listening device in the Insein prison, where he was talking to political prisoners.

The United States says human rights conditions in Burma have deteriorated since then. Burma's government is accused of using rape as a weapon to fight a rebellion in the state of Shan.

Mr. Pinheiro will present a report on his findings to the U.N. General Assembly on November 12th.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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