Myanmar allows UN rights envoy access to detained protestors

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Bangkok, Nov 14 (UNI) The special UN representative evaluating the human rights situation in Myanmar has been allowed to meet jailed anti-government protesters in the country.

Mr Paulo Sergio Pinheiro United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar was given the assurance during a meeting with Myanmar's Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Muang Oo in the capital Nay Pyi Taw, according to a UN statement from Yangon.

Mr Pinheiro, who arrived in Myanmar on November 11 on a five-day mission, has today continued his meetings in Nay Pyi Taw with government officials and others.

Yesterday, the UN Special Rapporteur held talks with the newly set up 20-member human rights body within the government.

He also held meetings with representatives of international non-governmental organisations, Religious Affairs Minister Brig-Gen Thura Myint Maung and Minister of National Planning and Economic Development U Soe Tha.

Earlier, in Yangon, Mr Pinheiro met with senior members of the official Buddhist clergy, the state-appointed Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee and visited two monasteries involved in the anti-government rallies in Yangon in September 2007 The Special Rapporteur had also visited Insein Jail and requested permission to interview detainees before the end of his mission.

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