UN envoy in fresh effort to free Suu Kyi

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  • Tuesday, 04 Nov 2003

YANGON: A UN rights envoy met Myanmar government officials yesterday, kicking off a week-long bid to persuade the military junta to free democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and address its much-criticised rights record. 

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro is the second high-level UN official to visit Myanmar since Suu Kyi was confined to her Yangon home in September after major surgery and nearly three months in detention at a secret location. 

The Brazilian academic cut short his last trip in March after discovering a bugging device taped to the underside of a table while interviewing a political prisoner in a Yangon jail. 

The government said it had not sanctioned the bugging and was investigating the matter. It said later that action had been taken against the officials responsible, but did not elaborate. 

“He is expected to meet senior Myanmar officials and many other politicians, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, during his stay here,” said a UN official who declined to be identified. 

Government officials have not said whether Pinheiro would see Suu Kyi, who was detained – for her own protection, the regime says – after a bloody clash between her followers and pro-government supporters on May 30. 

Pinheiro was to meet Foreign Minister Win Aung yesterday. – Reuters  

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