Myanmar making progress on upholding human rights

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Myanmar release of political prisoners

The political reforms being undertaken by the government of Myanmar have had a positive impact on the country human rights situation, but the country still has major challenges to overcome according to the UN Human Rights expert on Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana.

He says the government must release all political detainees, establish an independent judiciary, uphold the rule of law and ensure the forth coming elections were free and fair.

Mr. Quintana who has just completed a working tour of Myanmar said the elections to be held in April will be a critical test for the government's commitment to reform.

"From my point of view there are a lot of prisoners around the country not only in Insein Prison but also in other state prisons who deserve to be released. The by-elections are very important. It is a test for the government, but I have to say that what is important is not only the day of the elections but also the process leading to the elections meaning that the government will have to allow political parties to freely campaign. And I hope that these elections take place according to international standards and are free and fair."

Duration 42"

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