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Aung San Suu Kyi's Party Urges UN Action in Burma བོད་སྐད།


Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party in Burma is reported to have urged the United Nations Saturday to take action against human rights abuses in the military-ruled country.

U.N. human rights envoy Tomas Ojea Quintana is scheduled to arrive in Burma late Saturday. He hopes to meet with Burmese officials, leaders of the country's political parties and political prisoners during his six-day visit.

Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy said there have been no signs of progress since the visit of U.N. special envoy Ibrahim Gambari earlier this month.

The Associated Press quotes NLD spokesman Nyan Win as saying Saturday "there are numerous human rights abuses" in Burma, "but human rights missions should be followed by action to address such violations."

The U.N. said Friday, Quintana will discuss with Burmese officials the implementation of four core human rights elements he has recommended should be completed before elections due in 2010.

Those elements are revising domestic laws to ensure they comply with international human rights standards, releasing political prisoners, training the military in human rights, and making the judiciary independent.

The envoy's visit is a follow-up to a trip he made to Burma last year.

Also Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told VOA the new U.S. administration wants to re-engage with East Asian countries so they can work together to improve economic and human rights conditions in Burma.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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