UN human rights expert visits Myanmar

Tomás Ojea Quintana

A United Nations independent expert on the situation of human rights in Myanmar is starting a six-day visit to the Asian country on Tuesday.

Tomás Ojea Quintana, who is visiting Myanmar at the invitation of the government, has said his mission is taking place at what he has described as "an important moment in the country's history".

After many years of military rule, Myanmar held general elections in 2010 and a civilian government was installed last year.

Recently Myanmar's President Thein Sein released a significant number of political prisoners.

Mr. Quintana says the main objective of his visit to Myanmar is to assess the country's human rights situation in light of these developments and as a follow-up to his last mission in August 2011.

During his mission to Myanmar Mr. Quintana will meet with Government ministers, members of Parliament, the recently-established National Human Rights Commission and other relevant stakeholders.

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