UN Special Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana, appointed to his post in May 2008 by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, began a six-day visit to Myanmar beginning Feb. 14 to assess the human rights situation. In a report issued following his first visit in August 2008, Quintana proposed that four core human rights elements be implemented: the revision of domestic laws that limit fundamental rights, the progressive release of the estimated 2,000 prisoners of conscience still in detention, the reform and training of the military to conform with human rights, and changes to make the judiciary fully independent. (UN News Service)

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