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UN Accuses Burmese Military Rulers of Human Rights Abuses - 2004-09-28


The United Nations is calling on Burma's military rulers to improve its human rights performance.

U.N. Special Rapporteur Paulo Sergio Pinheiro told the General Assembly on Tuesday that he has received "credible and detailed reports" of human rights violations, including those of dozens of people who received harsh jail sentences for political activities.

But he acknowledges his report is limited because he has been prevented from entering the country since November 2003.

Mr. Pinheiro is calling on Burma's military rulers to negotiate with opposition parties such as the National League for Democracy, and to release N.L.D.'s leader, 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, from house arrest.

Information for this report is provided by AFP and UN Wires.

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