Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, UN Special Human Rights Rapporteur on Burma, presented his report on human rights in Burma to the Third Committee of the 57th Session of the General Assembly on November 6, 2002 in New York.
He said, "We may find the current pace in Burma too slow, but what matters is that it continues. While the military government and the main opposition party remain in regular contact, it is my assessment that the substantive political negotiations has not started yet."
Mr. Pinheiro voiced grave concerns about credible reports of widespread human rights violations attributed to the military in ethnic minority areas, including sexual violence and forced conscription of child soldiers.
Responding to Mr. Pinheiro, Burma's representative said that the process begun on May 6, 2002 -- when opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest -- marked a new phase of political evolution for his government.