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UN Rights Envoy Expects Visit with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi - 2003-11-04


A UN human rights envoy says Burma's government has granted him permission to meet with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest.

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro made his announcement after a meeting with Burmese Prime Minister Khin Nyunt in Rangoon today(Tuesday).

The envoy from the UN Commission on Human Rights is in Burma to investigate suspected human rights abuses by the country's military government.

His talks with officials were expected to focus on several issues, including political unrest in May that led to Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi's arrest.

Monday, Mr. Pinheiro met with Burma's Foreign Minister Win Aung. He called those talks "frank and substantive," but did not elaborate.

Meanwhile, Thailand's foreign minister (Surakiart Sathirathai) said the Thai prime minister (Thaksin Sinhawatra) may raise the subject of Aung San Suu Kyi's detention during a mini-summit of regional leaders in Burma next week.

UN envoy Pinheiro last visited Burma in March, but he cut short his trip after finding a listening device at Rangoon's Insein prison, where he was talking to political prisoners.

The UN envoy says he plans to visit the prison again on Wednesday to interview prisoners.

Mr. Pinheiro will present a report on his findings to the UN General Assembly next week.

Information for this report is provided by AP and Reuters.

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