2,000 political prisoners “detained” in Myanmar

Myanmar's human rights record has come under scrutiny at the Human Rights Council in Geneva with the government being accused of detaining over 2,000 political prisoners.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi

Council member states welcomed the release of Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest, but said there was systematic violation of human rights in Myanmar including political repression, ill treatment of prisoners and discrimination of ethnic minorities.

Myanmar’s representative in Geneva Wunna Maung Lwin said the country’s seven year transition to democracy was on track and has already been marked by the 2008 constitution referendum and the November 2010 general elections.

“77.26 per cent of eligible voters cast their votes despite the campaign by certain groups not to go to the polls during the elections. The results of the elections have shown that it was held free from vote rigging and violence or any kind of intimidation. The people have exercised their democratic right to transform the country to the elected government system. We believe that transition towards democracy is a process, not an event. Therefore we prefer to follow systematic and step by step approach in a peaceful way to attain democracy while taking into account the unique nature of our domestic situation.”

Ambassador Maung Lwin said the newly elected members of the national assembly will meet next week to form a new government.

He said this will be the final stage in the road map towards democracy in Myanmar.

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