UN Inspector Vows to Tally Burma's Dead

Demands 'full cooperation' from junta or 'I'll go out'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2007 6:19 PM CST
Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in Burma, informs on developments in the country, during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A UN inspector landed in Burma today to tally the junta's detained and dead protesters, the AP reports. And he vowed to leave if officials don't give him "full cooperation." So far, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro has met with officials and visited a town where the junta targeted monks in its September crackdown. He also plans to visit prisons and detention centers in his first visit to Burma in four years.

At issue is a debate over numbers, experts say. Burma claims that only 10 died when troops fired on Yangon protesters about six weeks ago; Pinheiro puts the number at closer to 100. London's Amnesty International, which wrote to Burma about human rights violations on Friday, claims the junta is still holding roughly 700 political prisoners. Pinheiro has blasted Burma for keeping prisoners in the past.