UN Myanmar expert says human rights abuses continue in border areas

Myanmar mother with children

Myanmar mother with children

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar says the authorities are not addressing abuses in the border areas.

 Tomás Ojea Quintana has just finished an eight-day visit to neighbouring Thailand, to gather information about Myanmar, where he has not been able to visit.

 Mr Quintana says human rights abuses are particularly affecting ethnic minorities in border areas, and include land confiscation, forced labour, internal displacement, extrajudicial killings and sexual violence.

He says this is a barrier to the country moving to democracy, adding  the he hopes to be able to visit Myanmar as soon as possible to discuss with the authorities how to address that.

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