UN rights commissioner urges Myanmar to release detained protesters Brett Murphy at 4:10 PM ET
[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official website] has urged Myanmar to immediately release demonstrators [statement] detained last week after participating in a peaceful protest against a recent rise in fuel prices. Arbour said Sunday that allowing citizens to peacefully express themselves will help foster both democracy and reconciliation in Myanmar. Arbour's remarks came days after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a statement [text] saying that the UN will be "following events in Myanmar closely, particularly in light of reports that student leaders and others have been arrested by the authorities."
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