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UN Human Rights Envoy Requests Meeting With Suu Kyi - 2003-11-04


A U.N. human rights envoy plans to meet with Burma's prime minister on Tuesday as part of his mission to investigate alleged human rights abuses in the military-ruled country.

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro asked for the meeting with Prime Minister Khin Nyunt during talks today (Monday) with Burma's foreign minister, Win Aung.

Mr. Pinheiro told reporters he also asked to see opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest in the capital, Yangon.

Mr. Pinheiro, a special reporter on Burma for the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, began his week-long visit to the country on Saturday. He is expected to focus on several issues, including the unrest in May that led to Ms. Suu Kyi's arrest.

Mr. Pinheiro lasted visited Burma in March, but 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, AFP and Reuters.

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