After being barred from Myanmar in 2003, Pinheiro was allowed to return to the country [JURIST report] in November 2007 after a September crackdown when Myanmar security officers arrested hundreds of Buddhist monks demonstrating against rising fuel prices and human rights abuses by the military regime. At least 10 people were killed when government soldiers shot into protesting crowds, although Pinheiro later estimated that at least 31 people were killed [JURIST reports]. The government has said that some 3,000 people were arrested for participating in the protests. UN News Service has more.
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