UN Special Rapporteur Deplores Arrest of Non-violent Protestors in Burma

In a press statement issued few minutes back, Mr. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Burma has deplored the arrests made by the authorities since 21 August 2007. He has also appealed to the ruling military junta to immediately release the non-violent protestors and condemned that citizens expressing peacefully their views are being severely treated.

Although it is doubtful, that country which genuinely needs a United Nations Security Council Resolution to free incarcerated Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners in Burma recently scuttled by Russia and China in January 2007, how far respects UN Special Rapporteur appeal to free peaceful protestors? Most importantly, the press release also urges the governments of the region to assist the present ruling Government of Burma to resolve the crisis, which obviously indicates initiatives from China, Russia, India, Japan and ASEAN countries.  

However, Mr. Pinheiro has also expressed his serious concern regarding the launch of yesterday’s hunger strike by a group of detainees, at the Kyaikkasan Detention Center, following the denial of medical treatment by the military authorities for their fellow detainee who was severely beaten during the protest. The Special Rapporteur has shown concern that the detainees and protestors have been severely beaten and tortured.

The press statement once again voices that the future of the political transition process in the country must be directed by the people of Burma and the ruling Government. Although the brutal attacks by authorities on recent non-violent protestors across Burma indicates the other side of rampant violations of UN Charter spirit by the military regime. It is important to note that, this is second press release issued by UN Special Rapporteur in last four days, the earlier one made public on 27th of August 2007 and prepared on 24th August 2007, calling on the authorities in Burma to immediately release the peaceful protestors who had been arrested following a series of demonstrations against the drastic increase in the prices of fuel and other essential commodities.

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