UN Visitor Not Keeping Burma From Arrests

US official calls junta's progress 'demonstrably inadequate'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2007 2:00 PM CST
Myanmar labor activist Su Su Nway, 34, seen in this photo taken when she was released from prison on June 6, 2006. Su Su Nway who has been on the run from Myanmar's military authorities for more than...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Burma's military junta has continued to detain protesters even as a UN human-rights investigator visits to probe September's crushed uprising, the Guardian reports. Three men distributing pro-democracy leaflets in a Rangoon market were arrested today; a leading female activist was detained yesterday as she posted fliers near the investigator's hotel—raising doubts about progress reported by a previous UN visitor.

"What has happened does not reflect a fundamental shift," said Zalmay Khalilzad, US ambassador to the UN. "The military regime's so-called 'road map to democracy', which excludes Burma's democratic and ethnic minorities groups from equal participation, is demonstrably inadequate." Khalilzad refused to rule out pressing for sanctions against the regime, whose crackdown killed at least 13.