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September 3, 2010

Canada Backs UN Probe into Alleged Rights Crimes in Burma

Filed under: Burma/ Myanmar,Feature Story,News — voaburmese @ 5:14 pm
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AP Photo: Burma

– VOA News

Canada’s government says it supports a proposed United Nations commission to probe alleged crimes against humanity in Burma.

A foreign ministry spokeswoman, Catherine Loubier, said Thursday that Canada has consistently called upon the Burmese government to respect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people in Burma.

She noted that Canada has imposed the toughest sanctions in the world against Burmese authorities. She said this is to emphasize Canada’s condemnation of, what she called, Burma’s disregard for human rights and its repression of democratic forces.

The United States has also backed the proposed U.N. commission.

In March, the U.N. special representative for human rights in Burma, Tomas Ojea Quintana, recommended the creation of an international commission to investigate alleged crimes against humanity in Burma.

Human rights groups and Burmese opposition leaders have accused its government of brutal campaigns against dissidents and ethnic groups.

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