Burmese human rights defenders and Conectas' staff during meeting at the House of Representatives in Brasilia. Photo: Conectas /
“Use your freedom to support the freedom of the Burmese people”, appeals activist
The human rights defenders, Ah Noh and Thaung Htun, were in Brazil from August 22 to 26 on a mission organized by Conectas Human Rights. The two main purposes of the visit were to expose the serious human rights situation in Burma (Myanmar) and to request the support of the Brazilian government to create a Commission of Inquiry within the UN. The matter will be voted in the next session of the General Assembly, which begins in September. The week the activists spent in Brazil, they had meetings in the capital Brasilia with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Secretary for Human Rights, the Special Advisory Office for International Affairs of the Presidency of the Republic, the House of Representatives and the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB). In Sao Paulo, they met with lawyers, human rights organizations, academics and unions.