Human Rights expert on "important" mission to Myanmar

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Special Rapporteur Tomás Ojea Quintana with children on a visit to Myanmar in 2008. Photo: UNESCAP

A UN human rights expert says his upcoming visit to Myanmar will provide an excellent opportunity to assess how the human rights situation there is evolving as the nation continues its reform agenda.

UN Special Rapporteur Tomás Ojea Quintana will be in the South-East Asian country from 11-21 August where he will look at efforts to create a harmonious, multi-cultural society in which human rights are respected.

In a recent interview with UN Radio, the Argentine lawyer spoke about the significance of this mission, his seventh and longest visit to Myanmar since his mandate began in 2008.

"This is an important mission because next year I will be finishing my mandate as a Human Rights Rapporteur. I will have two more missions to the country, so now is the time to really address the shortcomings from the human rights point of view and I hope that with this long period of time in Myanmar, 10 days, I will have the chance to really address with the authorities what are my concerns from the human rights point of view."

Ojea Quintana also intends to visit the remaining prisoners of conscience and detained staff of international non-governmental organizations in the country.

Myanmar's President Thein Sein has stated that he intends to free all political prisoners by the end of the year.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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