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Remarks at the press conference at Yangon international airport by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro

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I end today, in Yangon, my five days visit to Myanmar at the invitation of the Government in accordance with the mandate entrusted to me by the United Nations Human Rights Council.

I held consultations in the new capital, Nay Pyi Taw, with U Nyan Win, Minister for Foreign Affairs; Maj-Gen Maung Oo, Minister for Home Affairs; H.E. U aung Kyi, Minister for Labour and Liaison Officer with the General Secretary of the National League for Democracy; H.E. U Soe Tha, Minister for National Planning and Economic Development; H.E. Brig-Gen Thura Myint Maung, Minister for Religious Affairs and U Zaw Min, Joint Secretary of the Union Solidairty and Development Association (USDA).

I participated in a round table with the 20 members of the newly established Human Rights Committee within the Government.

Brig-Gen Kyaw Hsan, Minister for Information informed me, in his capacity as Secretary of the National Convention Convening Commission about developments regarding the seven-step road map towards democracy.

I was welcomed at the beginning of my visit by the UN Resident Coordinator, Charles Petrie, and met with the UN country Team on the first day in Yangon and had the pleasure of meeting them again in Naypyitaw in Nay Pyi Taw. I further had a meeting with over twenty ambassadors and representatives of the diplomatic corps and some representatives of international non-governmental organizations who all traveled to the new capital.

Prior to my departure from the capital, I met with representatives from the national ethnic groups and the Women's Development Association.

In Yangon, I met with Senior officials from, among others, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Law Enforcement, the Yangon Division Peace and Development Council and the Yangon General Hospital.

I visited the Insein Jail twice, the first time to have a briefing about the prison, which I had visited four years ago. The second time, this afternoon, when I met some political prisoners. I visited the former Government Technical College (used during the demonstrations as a detention facility); and the No. (7) Police Battalion Control Command Headquarters in Kyauktan, Thanlyin. I also visited the Htain Bin crematorium.

I met with the senior abbots of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee(the State Governing Body of the Buddhist Clergy) and also met with the Kya Khat Waing Monastery in Bago; the Board of Trustees of the Shwedagon Pagoda and two monasteries, the Nan Oo and Ngwe Kyar Yan monasteries, where I had discussions about the incidents that occurred during the demonstrations. I also visited Kaba Aye where I met a group of fifteen monks who were transferred (from the Ngwe Kyar Yan monastery).