UN expert welcomes prisoner releases, is concerned over on-going arrests in Myanmar

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Tomás Ojea Quintana, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, has welcomed the release of 73 prisoners of conscience.

Tomás Ojea Quintana said "The release of prisoners of conscience continues to be one of the most tangible outcomes of Myanmar's reforms".

At the same time, the Special Rapporteur raises concerns over ongoing arrests of activists.

The release came as a result of a presidential decree on the 23 of July.

He said there are still arrests and trials taking place that are politically motivated, including individuals involved in protests against land confiscation as well as people working to defend human rights in Rakhine State.

Mr. Quintana intends to follow up on such cases when he visits Myanmar in August.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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