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UN SLAMS BURMA
THE United Nations yesterday criticised Burma's record on human rights,
pointing to continuing extra-judicial activities and the absence of steps
towards a democratic government.
An interim report by the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human
Rights, Rajsoomer Lallah, said the situation in Burma has not changed.
Violations continue unabated with the forced relocation of minorities,
resulting in an influx of refugees to neighbouring countries. Severe
restrictions on freedom of expression continue, and on the movements of
opposition party leader Aung San Suu Kyi, according to the report, which
was released by the UN secretary-general yesterday.
It also noted that the violation of children's rights continue.
Lallah has been repeatedly been refused permission to enter Burma by the
Rangoon authorities to obtain information first-hand for this report
even though the ruling junta has indicated that the UN special rapporteur
would be allowed to enter.