Top UN rights forum deplores Myanmar repression

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GENEVA, Oct 2 (Reuters) The United Nations top human rights forum condemned today Myanmar's ''violent repression'' of protests and called for the junta to allow its investigator to visit for the first time in four years.

The UN Human Rights Council adopted by consensus a resolution presented by the European Union deploring beatings, killings and arbitrary detentions during recent unrest.

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, UN special rapporteur for the human rights situation in Myanmar, told the Council's special session he was ready to investigate and report back to the 47-member state forum. ''It's time for the government of Myanmar to respond to this truly universal appeal from this historic meeting.'' REUTERS RS MIR KP2153

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