UN rights chief slates Myanmar election

29th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said on Friday that Myanmar had failed so far to meet international standards for "genuine elections", ten days ahead of the poll.

"On 7 November Myanmar's electoral process will culminate in voting and counting at polling stations around most of the country," the High Commissioner for Human Rights said in a statement.

"However, conditions for genuine elections that meet international standards have so far not been reached," she added.

Pillay reiterated calls by the United Nations for the release more than 2,000 political prisoners, and for the military junta to respected freedom of assembly and expression.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday that it was not too late for a "credible, democratic" transition, ahead of the much-criticised November 7 election.

© 2010 AFP

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