United Nations Human Rights representative in official visit to Myanmar
The UN envoy will also visit a region that borders with Bangladesh, scene of a separatist insurgency by a local minority, but is not expected to meet either General Than Shwe, head of the military junta, or opposition leader Ms Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest.
Before arriving, the Argentinean diplomat said that 2010 was a “critical time” for the people of Burma. For the first time in two decades, elections will be.
Quintana’s visit comes two days after the release of Tin Oo (pictured), the second in command of the National League for Democracy (NLD), who spent the past seven years in prison and under house arrest.
Tin, 82, did not benefit from any amnesty or sentence reduction, but was released after completing his entire sentence.
After he was set free, he said, "I am not happy with my freedom. I am very sorry about my colleagues who are still serving time in prisons”.
According to human rights activists, 2,100 political prisoners are held in the regime’s prisons, including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.