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
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.