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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2491

UN rights expert calls on government of Myanmar to release prominent student leaders immediately

Geneva, 29 September, (Asiantribune.com): Prof. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, calls on the Government of Myanmar immediately to release Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi and Htay Kywe, who are prominent student leaders reportedly arrested on 27 September 2006.

Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi and Htay Kywe, who had previously served prison sentences totaling over 15 years since 1988, were arrested at their homes by the military on Wednesday and taken to three different locations.

The Special Rapporteur has expressed his is extreme worry about their present condition, in the light of the fact that over the last seven years he has received numerous reports of human rights violations in pre-trial detention.

The statement released on behalf of the Prof. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, Special Rapporteur said that he was deeply saddened by the latest allegations, which came as he addressed the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The arrests lead to serious questions regarding the will of the Government of Myanmar to resume an effective dialogue with the various stakeholders who should be associated to the National Convention.

- Asian Tribune -

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