Myanmar denies attacks on UN human rights envoy

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Myanmar human rightsOn August 23, Myanmar police and government officials denied claims made 2 days earlier by a UN human rights envoy that a mob attacked his car and that he was denied protection while visiting a town afflicted by sectarian violence. UN Special Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana issued a press statement on August 21 saying that he had been forced to flee a Muslim refugee camp in Meikhtila after a large group of protesters tried to knock out the windows of his car while shouting threats at him. Quintana claimed that Myanmar authorities left him “totally unprotected.”

Ye Htut, deputy minister of information and a spokesman for President Thein Sein, responded to these charges by saying that no such attack ever took place. Htut claimed that a peaceful protest had assembled, but that the only form of contact was when the protesters tried to give Quintana a letter and a T-shirt.

Quintana was in the area on behalf of the UN to investigate the scene of a deadly clash between Buddhists and Muslims earlier this year. He also visited a refugee camp housing some 1,600 Muslims who were recently expelled from their communities by Buddhists. The UN is currently considering some sort of punitive action in response to the violent persecution of the country’s Muslim minority that has been carried out over the past year.

Quintana recently submitted a report to the UN on the human rights situation in Myanmar where he argued that Rohingya Muslims should be given full citizenship. Rumours are circulating that this letter was the cause of the protest that took place on August 23.

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On August 23, Myanmar police and government officials denied claims made 2 days earlier by a UN human rights envoy that a mob attacked his car and that he was denied protection while visiting a town afflicted by sectarian violence. UN Special Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana issued a press statement on August 21 saying that he had been forced to flee a Muslim refugee camp in Meikhtila after a large group of protesters tried to knock out the windows of his car while shouting threats at him. Quintana claimed that Myanmar authorities left him “totally unprotected.”

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Myanmar human rightsOn August 23, Myanmar police and government officials denied claims made 2 days earlier by a UN human rights envoy that a mob attacked his car and that he was denied protection while visiting a town afflicted by sectarian violence. UN Special Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana issued a press statement on August 21 saying that he had been forced to flee a Muslim refugee camp in Meikhtila after a large group of protesters tried to knock out the windows of his car while shouting threats at him. Quintana claimed that Myanmar authorities left him “totally unprotected.”

Ye Htut, deputy minister of information and a spokesman for President Thein Sein, responded to these charges by saying that no such attack ever took place. Htut claimed that a peaceful protest had assembled, but that the only form of contact was when the protesters tried to give Quintana a letter and a T-shirt.

Quintana was in the area on behalf of the UN to investigate the scene of a deadly clash between Buddhists and Muslims earlier this year. He also visited a refugee camp housing some 1,600 Muslims who were recently expelled from their communities by Buddhists. The UN is currently considering some sort of punitive action in response to the violent persecution of the country’s Muslim minority that has been carried out over the past year.

Quintana recently submitted a report to the UN on the human rights situation in Myanmar where he argued that Rohingya Muslims should be given full citizenship. Rumours are circulating that this letter was the cause of the protest that took place on August 23.

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