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UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar arrives in Yangon

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Yangon, 11 November 2007 - At the invitation of the Government of the Union of Myanmar, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, arrived this afternoon in Yangon, at the beginning of a five-day visit to the country.

Mr. Pinheiro very much welcomed his return to Myanmar, in the context of the mandate entrusted to him by the United Nations Human Rights Council.

At his arrival, the Special Rapporteur was greeted by representatives from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs. The United Nations Country Team in Myanmar, represented by the Resident Coordinator, also welcomed Mr. Pinheiro.

Following his arrival, the Special Rapporteur was invited by the authorities to visit the Kya Khat Waing Monastery in Bago where he held talks with the Head Abbot of the Monastery. Later, Mr. Pinheiro met with the Board of Trustees of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.

Mr. Pinheiro looks forward to continue with his visit, to Myanmar, within the framework of his mandate. ENDS