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UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, meets authorities in Nay Pyi Taw

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Yangon, 13 November 2007 - The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, traveled this morning to the new capital, Nay Pyi Taw, where he met H.E. Maj-Gen Maung Oo, Minister for Home Affairs. The Special Rapporteur was given assurances that he will be able to interview detainees, before the end of his mission, as requested.

Mr. Pinheiro met with the twenty members of the newly established human rights body, within the government, and engaged in a dialogue on issues of mutual concern.

Mr. Pinheiro was then taken to the City Hall where he met with U Zaw Min, Joint Secretary General of the Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA).

Later in the afternoon, the Special Rapporteur held a meeting with some representatives of international non-governmental organizations.

At the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the Special Rapporteur met with the Minister, H.E. Brig-Gen Thura Myint Maung. Then, Mr. Pinheiro resumed his day of meetings at the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development where he met Minister, H.E. U Soe Tha.

The Special Rapporteur will continue tomorrow with his schedule in Nay Pyi Taw.